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cow·rieor cow·ry (kou′rē)
n. pl. cow·ries
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.
[Hindi kauṛī, from Sanskrit kapardikā, diminutive of kapardaḥ, shell, of Dravidian origin.]
n, pl -ries
1. (Animals) any marine gastropod mollusc of the mostly tropical family Cypraeidae, having a glossy brightly marked shell with an elongated opening
2. (Currencies) the shell of any of these molluscs, esp the shell of Cypraea moneta (money cowry), used as money in parts of Africa and S Asia
[C17: from Hindi kaurī, from Sanskrit kaparda, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kōtu shell]
or cow•ry(ˈkaʊ ri)
n., pl. -ries.
1. any marine gastropod mollusk of the family Cypraeidae, having a glossy oval shell with a slitlike toothed opening.
2. the shell of such a gastropod, sometimes used as currency in Asia and Africa.
[1655–65; < Hindi kaurī]
Any of various tropical marine mollusks having glossy, often brightly marked shells that are rounded on one side and relatively flat on the other. The shells have been used as currency in the South Pacific and Africa.
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|Noun||1.||cowrie - any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells|
gastropod, univalve - a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes
Cypraea moneta, money cowrie - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
cowrie[ˈkaʊrɪ] N → cauri m
n → Kaurischnecke f