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Meaning of cowrie by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    Hindi ( kaurī )


    • Rhymes: -aʊri


    cowrie ( plural: cowries )

    1. A gastropod of the family Cypraeidae common to the Indian Ocean .
    2. The pyriform shell, of the cowrie, especially of the species money cowry ( Cypraea moneta ), formerly used as money in some areas .

Explanation of cowrie by Wordnet Dictionary


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

    Definition of cowrie by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Cowrie ( -r ), n. ( Bot. ) Same as Kauri.

    2. Cowrie Cowry ( kour ), n.; pl. Cowries ( -rĭz ). [Hind. kaurī.] ( Zool. ) A marine shell of the genus Cypræa.

      ☞ There are numerous species, many of them ornamental. Formerly Cypræa moneta and several other species were largely used as money in Africa and some other countries, and they are still so used to some extent. The value is always trifling, and varies at different places.

    3. Kauri n. [Native name.] ( Bot. ) A tall coniferous tree of New Zealand Agathis australis, or Dammara australis ), having white straight-grained wood furnishing valuable timber and also yielding one kind of dammar resin. [Written also kaudi, kaury, cowdie, and cowrie.]