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cowry


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cowrie  \Cow"rie\  Cowry  \Cow"ry\(kou"r[y^]),  n.;  pl  {Cowries} 
  (-r[i^]z).  [Hind.  kaur[imac].]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  marine  shell  of  the  genus  {Cypr[ae]a}. 
 
  Note:  There  are  numerous  species,  many  of  them  ornamental. 
  Formerly  {C.  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  cowry 
  n  :  any  of  numerous  tropical  marine  gastropods  of  the  genus 
  Cypraea  having  highly  polished  usually  brightly  marked 
  shells  [syn:  {cowrie}] 




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