cowry
noun see cowrie

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  • Cowry — Not to be confused with kauri. A print from 1845 shows cowry shells being used as money by an Arab trader. Cowry, also sometimes spelled cowrie, plural cowries, is the common name for a group of small to large sea snails, marine gastropod… …   Wikipedia

  • Cowry — Cowrie Cow rie Cowry Cow ry(kou r[y^]), n.; pl. {Cowries} ( r[i^]z). [Hind. kaur[imac].] (Zo[ o]l.) A marine shell of the genus {Cypr[ae]a}. [1913 Webster] Note: There are numerous species, many of them ornamental. Formerly {Cypr[ae]a moneta} and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cowry — noun a) Any of the marine molluscs of the genus Cypraea. b) The money cowry, Cypraea moneta …   Wiktionary

  • cowry —   n. small sea shell used as money in E Indies.    ♦ cowry bird, Indian weaver bird …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Cowry — Kaurischnecken Neobernaya spadicea Systematik Klasse: Schnecken (Gastropoda) Überordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cowry — /kow ree/, n., pl. cowries. cowrie. * * * …   Universalium

  • cowry — n. type of sea snail …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cowry — cow·ry …   English syllables

  • cowry — /ˈkaʊri / (say kowree) noun (plural cowries) 1. the shell of any of the marine gastropods constituting the genus Cypraea, as that of C. moneta, a small shell with a fine gloss, formerly used as money in certain parts of Asia, Africa, and the… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cowry — noun any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells • Syn: ↑cowrie • Hypernyms: ↑gastropod, ↑univalve • Hyponyms: ↑money cowrie, ↑Cypraea moneta, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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