noun, plural cow·ries.
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The rate of exchange of the cowry is much higher in Africa than in Asia, which shows that this shell is an imported object.The Races of Man|Joseph Deniker
In the version we are now considering the pearl's place is taken by the pig, both of them surrogates of the cowry.
The ne plus ultra of mollusks to the collector is without doubt the genus Cypraea, comprising the cowry shells.
In the basket, also, was a small figure of about the same size as the horn, on the head of which was a cowry shell.Adventures in Swaziland|Owen Rowe O'Neil
As the giver of life, the cowry came to have attributed to it by some people definite powers of creation.