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cowry

[kou-ree] /ˈkaʊ ri/
noun, plural cowries.
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cowrie

/ˈkaʊrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any marine gastropod mollusc of the mostly tropical family Cypraeidae, having a glossy brightly marked shell with an elongated opening
2.
the shell of any of these molluscs, esp the shell of Cypraea moneta (money cowry), used as money in parts of Africa and S Asia
Word Origin
C17: from Hindi kaurī, from Sanskrit kaparda, of Dravidian origin; related to Tamil kōtu shell
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