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5 definitions found
 for coney
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Coney \Co"ney\ (? or ?), n.
     1. (Zool.) A rabbit. See Cony.
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     2. (Zool.) A fish. See Cony.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cony \Co"ny\ (? or ?; 277), n. [OE. coning, conig, coni, OF.
     connin, conin, connil, fr. L. cuniculus a rabbit, cony, prob.
     an Hispanic word.] [Written also coney.]
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) A rabbit, esp., the European rabbit ({Lepus
            cuniculus).
        (b) The chief hare.
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     Note: The cony of Scripture is thought to be Hyrax
           Syriacus, called also daman, and cherogril. See
           Daman.
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     2. A simpleton. [Obs.]
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              It is a most simple animal; whence are derived our
              usual phrases of cony and cony catcher. --Diet's Dry
                                                    Dinner (1599).
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     3. (Zool.)
        (a) An important edible West Indian fish ({Epinephelus
            apua); the hind of Bermuda.
        (b) A local name of the burbot. [Eng.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hind \Hind\ (h[imac]nd), n. [AS. hind; akin to D. hinde, OHG.
     hinta, G. hinde, hindin, Icel., Sw., & Dan. hind, and perh.
     to Goth. hin[thorn]an to seize (in comp.), E. hunt, or cf.
     Gr. kema`s a young deer.]
     1. (Zool.) The female of the red deer, of which the male is
        the stag.
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     2. (Zool.) A spotted food fish of the genus Epinephelus, as
        Epinephelus apua of Bermuda, and Epinephelus
        Drummond-hayi of Florida; -- called also coney, John
        Paw, spotted hind.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  coney
      n 1: black-spotted usually dusky-colored fish with reddish fins
           [syn: coney, Epinephelus fulvus]
      2: any of several small ungulate mammals of Africa and Asia with
         rodent-like incisors and feet with hooflike toes [syn:
         hyrax, coney, cony, dassie, das]
      3: small short-eared burrowing mammal of rocky uplands of Asia
         and western North America [syn: pika, mouse hare, rock
         rabbit, coney, cony]
      4: any of various burrowing animals of the family Leporidae
         having long ears and short tails; some domesticated and
         raised for pets or food [syn: rabbit, coney, cony]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Coney
     (Heb. shaphan; i.e., "the hider"), an animal which inhabits the
     mountain gorges and the rocky districts of Arabia Petraea and
     the Holy Land. "The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they
     their houses in the rocks" (Prov. 30:26; Ps. 104:18). They are
     gregarious, and "exceeding wise" (Prov. 30:24), and are
     described as chewing the cud (Lev. 11:5; Deut. 14:7).
     
       The animal intended by this name is known among naturalists as
     the Hyrax Syriacus. It is neither a ruminant nor a rodent, but
     is regarded as akin to the rhinoceros. When it is said to "chew
     the cud," the Hebrew word so used does not necessarily imply the
     possession of a ruminant stomach. "The lawgiver speaks according
     to appearances; and no one can watch the constant motion of the
     little creature's jaws, as it sits continually working its
     teeth, without recognizing the naturalness of the expression"
     (Tristram, Natural History of the Bible). It is about the size
     and color of a rabbit, though clumsier in structure, and without
     a tail. Its feet are not formed for digging, and therefore it
     has its home not in burrows but in the clefts of the rocks.
     "Coney" is an obsolete English word for "rabbit."
     

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