cowrie definition by Webster's New World
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noun pl. cowries
- 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: Hindi kauṛī ; from Sanskrit kaparda
cowrie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
or cow·rynoun pl. cow·ries
Any of various tropical marine gastropods of the family Cypraeidae, having glossy, often brightly marked shells, some of which are used as currency in the South Pacific and Africa.
Origin: Hindi kauṛī, from Sanskrit kapardikā, diminutive of kapardaḥ, shell, of Dravidian origin.