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. (Zoöl.) (a) A
rabbit, esp., the European rabbit (Lepus cuniculus).
(b) The chief hare.
☞ The cony of Scripture is thought to be Hyrax
Syriacus, called also daman, and cherogril. See
2. A simpleton. [Obs.]
It is a most simple animal; whence are derived our
usual phrases of cony and cony catcher.
Diet's Dry Dinner (1599).
3. (Zoöl.) (a)
An important edible West Indian fish (Epinephelus
apua); the hind of Bermuda. (b) A
local name of the burbot. [Eng.]