ETYM Hind. kaurî.
Any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells; SYN. cowry.
Marine snail of the family Cypreidae, in which the interior spiral form is concealed by a double outer lip. The shells are hard, shiny, and often colored. Most cowries are shallow-water forms, and are found in many parts of the world, particularly the tropical Indo-Pacific. Cowries have been used as ornaments and fertility charms, and also as currency, for example the Pacific money cowrie Cypraea moneta.
Four species are found in the SE US and one in California.