pearly nautilus


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pearly nautilus

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pearly nautilus

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(Animals) any of several cephalopod molluscs of the genus Nautilus, esp N. pompilius, of warm and tropical seas, having a partitioned pale pearly external shell with brown stripes. Also called: chambered nautilus Compare paper nautilus

nau•ti•lus

(ˈnɔt l əs, ˈnɒt-)

n., pl. nau•ti•lus•es, nau•ti•li (ˈnɔt lˌaɪ, ˈnɒt-)
1. Also called chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus. any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus having a spiral, chambered shell with a pearly interior.
[1595–1605; < Latin < Greek nautílos paper nautilus, literally, sailor, derivative of naûs ship]
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Noun1.pearly nautilus - cephalopod of the Indian and Pacific oceans having a spiral shell with pale pearly partitionspearly nautilus - cephalopod of the Indian and Pacific oceans having a spiral shell with pale pearly partitions
cephalopod, cephalopod mollusk - marine mollusk characterized by well-developed head and eyes and sucker-bearing tentacles
genus Nautilus - type genus and sole recent representative of the family Nautilidae
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Long prized for its mottled creamy white-and-tan shell with a beautifully regular chambered interior, the chambered or pearly nautilus has been celebrated by artists and poets, its shells made into elaborate decorative works.
Owen's Memoir on the Pearly Nautilus (1831) helped mark his debut as a public figure in the world of British science.
Pickersgill's portrait of Owen (now in the National Portrait Gallery, London) shows him holding a pearly nautilus shell in his left hand, while a "naked" specimen, floating in preservative spirits, tentacles upwards, stands on a table to his right.