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Definition of cowrie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cowrie

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkaʊri//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkaʊri//
 
 
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a small shiny shell that was used as money in the past in parts of Africa and Asia Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Hindi kauṛī.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cowrie