cowry definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Variant of cowrie.
Variant of cowrie
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