cowry

Definitions of cowry
  1. noun
    any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells
    synonyms: cowrie
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    types:
    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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