Definition of cowrie
noun (plural cowries)
a marine mollusk that has a smooth, glossy, domed shell with a long narrow opening, typically brightly patterned and popular with collectors.
- Genus Cypraea, family Cypraeidae, class Gastropoda: numerous species, including the small money cowrie (C. moneta)
the flattened yellowish shell of the money cowrie, formerly used as money in parts of Africa and the Indo-Pacific area.