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cowrie

noun cow·rie \ˈkau̇-rē\

Simple Definition of cowrie

  • : a small snail that is found in warm seas

  • : the shiny and often brightly colored shell of the cowrie

Full Definition of cowrie

plural cowries

  1. :  any of various marine gastropods (family Cypraeidae) that are widely distributed in warm seas and have glossy and often brightly colored shells; also :  the shell of a cowrie

Variants of cowrie

also cow·ry play \ˈkau̇-rē\

Origin of cowrie

Hindi & Urdu kauṛī


First Known Use: 1662

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