type genus of the family Cypraeidae: the typical cowries
Syn: ↑genus Cypraea
Hypernyms: ↑mollusk genus
Member Holonyms: ↑Cypraeidae, ↑family Cypraeidae
Member Meronyms: ↑cowrie, ↑cowry

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\\sīˈprēə, sə̇ˈ-\ noun
Usage: capitalized
Etymology: New Latin, from Latin Cypria or Late Latin Cypris, a name for Venus-Aphrodite, goddess of love, from Greek Kypris, from Kypros Cyprus, island in the Mediterranean, her reputed birthplace
: a genus (the type of the family Cypraeidae) of gastropod mollusks comprising the typical cowries with smoothly polished often brightly colored shells covered in life by the reflected lobes of the mantle

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  • Cypraea — Kaurischnecke (Cypraea tigris) Systematik Klasse: Schnecken (Gastropoda) Ordnung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Cypraea — Cy*pr[ae] a (s? pr? ?), n. [NL.; cf. Gr. ???? a name of Venus.] (Zo[ o]l.) A genus of mollusks, including the cowries. See {Cowrie}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cypraea — Cypraea, Porzellanschnecke (s.d.) …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Cypraea —   [griechisch], Gattung der Porzellanschnecken …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Cypraea — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Porcelaine (homonymie). Cypraea …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Cypraea — …   Википедия

  • cypraea — cy·praea …   English syllables

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