noun (plural cowries)
- 1A marine mollusk that has a smooth, glossy, domed shell with a long narrow opening, typically brightly patterned and popular with collectors.
More example sentences
- Genus Cypraea, family Cypraeidae, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the small money cowrie (C. moneta)
- We found tiny cowries on the soft corals and red spider crabs on the fans.
- These include Vasum, some photine buccinids, and some cypraeid cowries.
- Here butterfish can be seen feeding on mussels, and cowries are also in evidence.
- 1.1The flattened yellowish shell of the money cowrie, formerly used as money in parts of Africa and the Indo-Pacific area.More example sentences
- Jabali said, ‘I don't have a single cowrie - and even if I had I wouldn't give it.‘
- The article explains how cowries were exchanged for slaves and how East African gold entered Indian Ocean circuits.
- Almost all of the RAC's cowries went to the Slave Coast, with few arriving at any other destination.
mid 17th century: from Hindi kauṛī.
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