- any of a number of gastropods (family Cypraeidae) having brightly colored, glossy shells and found in warm seas
- the shell of any of these mollusks, esp. the shell of the (Cypraea moneta), formerly used as currency in parts of Africa and S Asia
Origin of cowrieHindi kauṛī ; from Sanskrit kaparda
Any of various marine gastropods of the family Cypraeidae of tropical and subtropical seas, having glossy, often colorfully patterned shells, some of which were formerly used as currency in parts of the South Pacific and Africa.
Origin of cowrieHindi kau&rlowdot;ī, from Sanskrit kapardikā, diminutive of kaparda&hlowdot;, shell, of Dravidian origin.
Hindi कौड़ी (kauṛī)