noun, plural cow·ries.
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Historical Examples of cowry
It was probably by the Arabs that the cowry was introduced to the east coast of Africa.The Races of Man
The Cowry has never had a lip that was not thickened, nor an exterior that was not porcellanous.Omphalos
Philip Henry Gosse
The cowry circulation of the Indian coasts is probably a case in point.Readings in Money and Banking
Chester Arthur Phillips
He then ties a lock of hair, a cowry shell, a piece of turmeric, and an article of gold on the right wrist of the patient.
The cowry shell is, with the same object, tied round the neck or pasterns of a valued horse, or on a cow or buffalo.