Origin of pearly nautilus
First recorded in 1770–80
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The argonaut, or paper-nautilus, must be carefully distinguished from the pearly-nautilus or nautilus proper (Nautilus Pompilius).
- any of several cephalopod molluscs of the genus Nautilus, esp N. pompilius, of warm and tropical seas, having a partitioned pale pearly external shell with brown stripesAlso called: chambered nautilus Compare paper nautilus
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