paper nautilus


noun

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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Example sentences from the Web for paper nautilus

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for paper nautilus

paper nautilus

noun

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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