Definition of Arabian cowrie in English:

Arabian cowrie

noun

  • A cowrie, Cypraea arabica, whose shell is streaked and mottled with brown, found widely in the Indo-Pacific region; the shell of this.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in George Shaw (1751–1813), natural historian. After scientific Latin Cypraea arabica (LINNAEUS Systema naturae (ed. 10, 1758) I. 718).