Payment for these toothsome delicacies, it may be mentioned, is made in cowrie shells, coined money being very rarely used.
I know almost every island where trade can be got, and the price to a cowrie that should be paid.
In some parts of India and Africa a very small species of cowrie passes as current money.
They were so laden with savage riches as to be almost concealed beneath the strings of cowrie shells and bands of beads.
There was no need to worry about food—no need to spend a cowrie at the crowded stalls.
Also, she had ten coils of dewarra (cowrie shells threaded on the midribs of the coco-nut leaf, and used as the native currency).
The boy then presses a cowrie on the ground with his little finger, and the girl has to take it away, which she easily does.
Their leathern collars are covered with cowrie shells sewn on them in various fantastic patterns.
Each noble represented a certain price for the townsmen, as Bambara Negroes, we are told, attach a money value to cowrie shells.
Their dress is a short kilt of black cotton cloth, ornamented, in the case of warriors, with rows of cowrie shells.
small shell, used as money in parts of Asia, 1660s, from Hindi and Urdu kauri, from Mahrati kavadi, from Sanskrit kaparda, perhaps related to Tamil kotu "shell."