- any dibranchiate cephalopod of the genus Argonauta, the female of which has a delicate, white shell.
Origin of paper nautilus
First recorded in 1825–35
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The argonaut, or paper-nautilus, must be carefully distinguished from the pearly-nautilus or nautilus proper (Nautilus Pompilius).
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
- 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