from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The West Indian agouti, Dasyprocta cristata, so called by the early English colonists from its fancied resemblance to a rabbit.
  • noun The name of several West Indian serranoid fishes: The guativere, Cephalopholis fulvus.
  • noun Cephalopholis cruentatus, a brown fish with many spots, called in Spanish enjambre.
  • noun A rabbit; a burrowing rodent quadruped of the genus Lepus, as L. cuniculus of Europe.
  • noun A daman, or species of the family Hyracidæ, order Hyracoidea.
  • noun The fur of conies or rabbits, once much used in England.
  • noun The pika, calling-hare, or little chief hare, Lagomys princeps, of North America.
  • noun In heraldry, a rabbit used as a bearing.
  • noun In ichthyology, the nigger-fish. A simpleton; a gull; a dupe.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A rabbit, esp., the European rabbit (Lepus cuniculus)
  • noun The chief hare.
  • noun obsolete A simpleton.
  • noun engraving, engraving An important edible West Indian fish (Epinephelus apua); the hind of Bermuda.
  • noun engraving A local name of the burbot.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A rabbit, especially the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and raised for pets or food
  • noun small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia and western North America
  • noun any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes


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From Middle English coni, back-formation from plural conies, from Anglo-Norman conis, plural of conil, from Latin cuniculus, from Proto-Basque *(H)unči (compare Basque untxi).


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  • "THIRD SERVANT: But when they shall see, sir, his crest up again, and the man in blood, they will out of their burrows, like conies after rain, and revel all with him."

    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 29, 2009