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nautilus

[ nawt-l-uhs, not- ]
/ 藞n蓴t l 蓹s, 藞n蓲t- /
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noun, plural nau路ti路lus路es, nau路ti路li [nawt-l-ahy, not-] /藞n蓴t l藢a瑟, 藞n蓲t-/ for 1, 2.
Also called chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus. any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus, having a spiral, chambered shell with pearly septa.
(initial capital letter) the first nuclear-powered submarine launched by the U.S. Navy.
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Origin of nautilus

1595鈥1605; <Latin <Greek naut铆los paper nautilus, literally, sailor, derivative of na没s ship; the webbed dorsal arms of the paper nautilus were thought to have been used as sails
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British Dictionary definitions for nautilus

nautilus
/ (藞n蓴藧t瑟l蓹s) /

noun plural -luses or -li (-藢la瑟)
any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Nautilus, esp the pearly nautilus
short for paper nautilus

Word Origin for nautilus

C17: via Latin from Greek nautilos sailor, from naus ship
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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