Cowrie

Cow"rie

(-r), n. (Bot.) Same as Kauri.
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Cow"rie

Cow"ry

} (kou"r), n.;
pl. Cowries (-rz).
[Hind. kaur.] (Zol.) A marine shell of the genus Cypra.
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There are numerous species, many of them ornamental. Formerly Cypra 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.
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