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cow·rie

or 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.]
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Noun1.cowry - any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shellscowry - 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, genus Cypraea - type genus of the family Cypraeidae: the typical cowries
Cypraea moneta, money cowrie - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
Cypraea tigris, tiger cowrie - cowrie whose shell is used for ornament
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A garter of white cowrie shells encircled one leg just below the knee.
Several periods of coinage starting from cowrie shell to the
'I am also happy that at this exhibition, people can also witness the several periods of coinage starting from cowrie shell to the decimalisation of coinage and a table of conversion, the design process and a chronological history of coins of Pakistan from 1948 to date,' he said.
Several periods of coinage starting from cowrie shell to the decimalization of coinage, table of conversion, design process of coinage and a chronological history of coins of Pakistan from 1948 to date.
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In the title poem 'Even Further West,' he writes about finding a cardinal feather and a cowrie shell and says, 'Hold them till your mind changes.' Many of these poems may change your mind about the things you take for granted, maybe even the way you look at the world."
The sand was beginning to burn, and he saw a small cowrie shell with dots of pink on its belly.
As the Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff noted last year in his book 'The Curse of Cash', early currencies once included "whale's teeth in Fiji, rice in the Philippines, grain in India, cowrie shell money in large parts of Africa and China as well as wampum beads in the United States".
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Porcelain derives its present name from old Italian porcellana (cowrie shell) because of its resemblance to the translucent surface of the shell.
Just after I got married, my mother gave a cowrie shell to my wife and her sister, telling them of the shells' history.
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