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4 definitions found
 for Cowrie
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Kauri \Ka"u*ri\, n. [Native name.] (Bot.)
     A tall coniferous tree of New Zealand Agathis australis, or
     Dammara australis), having white straight-grained wood
     furnishing valuable timber and also yielding one kind of
     dammar resin. [Written also kaudi, kaury, cowdie, and
     cowrie.]
     [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowrie \Cow"rie\ (-r[y^]), n. (Bot.)
     Same as Kauri.
     [1913 Webster] Cowrie

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Cowrie \Cow"rie\ Cowry \Cow"ry\(kou"r[y^]), n.; pl. Cowries
     (-r[i^]z). [Hind. kaur[imac].] (Zool.)
     A marine shell of the genus Cypr[ae]a.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: There are numerous species, many of them ornamental.
           Formerly Cypr[ae]a moneta and several other species
           were largely used as money in Africa and some other
           countries, and they are still so used to some extent.
           The value is always trifling, and varies at different
           places.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  cowrie
      n 1: any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus
           Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked
           shells [syn: cowrie, cowry]

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