co·ney 1 also co·ny (kōnē, kŭnē)
n. pl. co·neysalso co·nies
1. A rabbit, especially the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus).
2. The fur of a rabbit.
3. See pika.
4. See hyrax.
a. A grouper (Cephalopholis fulva) of the tropical Atlantic, having dark brown, yellow, or bicolored skin and black spots at the base of the tail and on the lower lip.
b. Chiefly Florida Keys & West Indies Any of various related fish, especially the graysby.
[Middle English cony, the European rabbit species Oryctolagus cuniculus (native to northwest Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, and southwest France and later introduced elsewhere), back-formation from Old French conis, plural of conil, from Latin cunīculus, probably of pre-Roman Iberian origin.]
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