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paper nautilus

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noun
  1. any dibranchiate cephalopod of the genus Argonauta, the female of which has a delicate, white shell.
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Origin of paper nautilus

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for paper nautilus

Historical Examples

  • The argonaut, or paper-nautilus, must be carefully distinguished from the pearly-nautilus or nautilus proper (Nautilus Pompilius).

    The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2

    Various

  • The paper-nautilus (Argonauta argo) belongs to a different family of the same class, and has a simple, delicate, boat-like shell.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth


British Dictionary definitions for paper nautilus

paper nautilus

noun
  1. any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Argonauta, esp A. argo, of warm and tropical seas, having a papery external spiral shell: order Octopoda (octopods)Also called: argonaut Compare pearly nautilus
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