money cowrie


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Noun1.Money cowrie - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africamoney cowrie - cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
cowrie, cowry - any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells
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In later years of the 19th century, undoubtedly because of their close resemblance to elk teeth, and their ready availability from traders, "money cowrie" shells came into wide spread use across the Plains and Plateau.