noun, plural nau·ti·lus·es, nau·ti·li [nawt-l-ahy, not-] /ˈnɔt lˌaɪ, ˈnɒt-/ for 1, 2.
Origin of nautilus
Examples from the Web for nautilus
There is something about being in Captain Nemo's Nautilus that makes the absinthe taste even better.
The next morning, the 7th of November, I felt on awakening that the Nautilus was perfectly still.
The Nautilus was a masterpiece, containing masterpieces within itself, and the engineer was struck with astonishment.The Secret of the Island|W.H.G. Kingston (translation from Jules Verne)
Men did not know then that the animal which lives in them is no more like a Nautilus animal than it is like a cow.Madam How and Lady Why|Charles Kingsley
Somers then passed among the officers and crew of the "Nautilus," shaking hands, and bidding each farewell.The Naval History of the United States|Willis J. Abbot.
Concerning the nautilus and whale, I learned more through this accomplished seaman than I had ever learned before.Official Report of the Niger Valley Exploring Party |Martin Robinson Delany
British Dictionary definitions for nautilus
noun plural -luses or -li (-ˌlaɪ)
Word Origin for nautilus
Word Origin and History for nautilus
marine cephalopod, c.1600, from Latin nautilus, in Pliny a kind of marine snail (including also squid, cuttlefish, polyps, etc.), from Greek nautilos "paper nautilus," literally "sailor," from nautes "sailor," from naus "ship" (see naval). The cephalopod formerly was thought to use its webbed arms as sails.