cowrie

noun cow·rie \ ˈkau̇-rē \
variants: or less commonly cowry

Definition of cowrie

plural cowries
: 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

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Origin and Etymology of cowrie

Hindi & Urdu kauṛī


COWRIE Defined for English Language Learners

cowrie

noun

Definition of cowrie for English Language Learners

  • : a small snail that is found in warm seas

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


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