Cypraea

noun
Cy·​praea | \ sīˈprēə, sə̇ˈ- \

Definition of Cypraea

: a genus (the type of the family Cypraeidae) of gastropod mollusks comprising the typical cowries with smoothly polished often brightly colored shells covered in life by the reflected lobes of the mantle

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History and Etymology for Cypraea

New Latin, from Latin Cypria or Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus-Aphrodite, goddess of love, from Greek Kypris, from Kypros Cyprus, island in the Mediterranean, her reputed birthplace

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“Cypraea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cypraea. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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