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cowrie

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cowrienoun
alsocowry/ˈkaʊri/
pluralcowries
cowrie
noun
also cowry /ˈkaʊri/
pluralcowries
Learner's definition of COWRIE  
[count]
: a small snail that is found in warm seas
: the shiny and often brightly colored shell of the cowrie
◊ Cowrie shells have been used as money in Africa and other places.
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