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English definition of “cowrie”

cowrie

noun [C] (also cowry)     /ˈkaʊ.ri/ US  /ˈkaʊr.i/
a small sea creature with a soft body and a brightly coloured shell, or the shell itself used in the past as money in parts of Africa and southern Asia: a cowrie shellSea creaturesSea fish
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