- 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 money cowrie (Cypraea moneta), formerly used as currency in parts of Africa and S Asia
Origin of cowrieHindi kau?? ; from Sanskrit kaparda
Origin of cowrieHindi kau&rlowdot;&imacron;, from Sanskrit kapardika, diminutive of kaparda&hlowdot;, shell, of Dravidian origin.
Hindi कौड़ी (kauṛī)