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Cowrie, any of a variety of mollusks (family Cyprocidae) with shells that have spirals like those of snails but that are obscured by the final dome-shaped twist. Unlike other mollusk shells, these are covered by a layer of flesh and are shiny. Most cowries are found in warm seas. Their shells have been used as money and as ornaments since the earliest times.

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