Definitions of cowry

n any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells

Cypraea moneta, money cowrie
cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
Cypraea tigris, tiger cowrie
cowrie whose shell is used for ornament
Type of:
gastropod, univalve
a class of mollusks typically having a one-piece coiled shell and flattened muscular foot with a head bearing stalked eyes

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