cowry


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  • noun

Synonyms for cowry

any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells

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There are two kinds of shells in the bridewealth, nassa (bonang) and cowry (kior) shells.
It is a board with a series of holes arranged in rows, usually two or four and the playing pieces which could be stones, seeds, or cowry shells.
Some days it might be an octopus or a live cowry snail, with its mantle wrapped all the way around its shiny shell; other days I will photograph a nurse shark lying under a ledge or a loggerhead turtle swimming slowly by, a huge Goliath grouper or simply a tiny starfish clinging to a small piece of coral.
A Cheyenne woman's deerskin dress circa 1860 is embellished with cowry shells from the Pacific coast and beads originating as far away as Italy.
The centrepiece was based upon the shape of the cowry shell, which represents a ship's sail in the wind.
Looking at the underside of any cowry, I'd see a narrow aperture, a slit with ridges like gums in a toothless mouth or lips that had been sutured together and then ripped apart.
I like Chunky Monkey and Rocky Road ice cream and cowry shells that have been carved, like a cameo, on their tops.
85) Based on the area of circulation of cowry money, which included India and Southeast Asia, it can be seen that Yunnan participated in a much wider trade network.
Her long loose hair, impeccably parted at the top of her head by cowry shells, her hood made of black fibers, her blue bubu, her notebook representing an enthusiastic tourist taking notes, distributing banknotes to the dancers, wandering all over, going into ecstasies, etc.
Half of them have the tops of their heads flattened to receive cowry shell caps (the shell is intact only in the case of the "antique shop" figure).
I thought these people were annihilated, that they'd died of smallpox or were moved," said Kimberly Harris, expressing a common sentiment, as she watched a parade of dancers in fringed buckskin, turkey feathers, porcupine headdresses, beaded bolo ties, breastplates of bone and necklaces of cowry shells and seeds.
The literary passages they culled--like cowry shells in museum cabinets--took on new lives removed from their original contexts.
Michael Cowry, defending the 15-year-old boy, said it was an attack that happened because the teenagers were in a group, and wouldn't have happened if they were alone.
cowrie, cowry, courie 'shell of a small gastropod, Cypraea moneta' gehen auf Hindi kauri, das seinerseits von sanskrit kapardah 'eine gewundene kleine Muschel, Kauri' herruhrt; die letzte Form ist aus den drawidischen Sprachen entlehnt (vgl.