noun. any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells.
- tiger cowrie
- genus Cypraea
- Cypraea tigris
- money cowrie
- Cypraea moneta
Example sentences of the word cowrie
1. Noun, singular or mass
Shells such as cowrie and conus have a natural shine that can be damaged by harsh treatment.
Thick clam, oyster and scallop shells are good options, as are conch shells, but avoid most cowrie shells as these are often too thin and will shatter rather than lend themselves to carving.