from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. any one of several species of Cypræa (esp. Cypræa moneta) formerly much used as money by savage tribes. See Cowrie.
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- n. cowrie whose shell is used for money in parts of the southern Pacific and in parts of Africa
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