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Meaning of cowrie

cow•rie

Pronunciation: (kou'rē), [key]
— n.
  1. the highly polished, usually brightly colored shell of a marine gastropod of the genus Cypraea, as that of C. monetaused as money in certain parts of Asia and Africa, or that of C. tigris, used for ornament.
  2. the gastropod itself.
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