cowrie

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noun cow·rie \ˈkau̇-rē\

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

less commonly

cowry

Origin and Etymology of cowrie

Hindi & Urdu kauṛī


First Known Use: 1662


COWRIE Defined for English Language Learners

cowrie

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noun cow·rie \ˈkau̇-rē\

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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