paper nautilus


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paper nautilus

n.
Any of several cephalopod mollusks of the genus Argonauta that have eight arms, the female of which is much larger than the male and inhabits a paper-thin shell that serves as an egg case. Also called argonaut.

paper nautilus

n
(Animals) 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

pa′per nau′tilus


n.
any swimming octopod mollusk of the genus Argonauta: the female produces a delicate shell into which she lays her eggs.
[1825–35]
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Noun1.paper nautilus - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shellspaper nautilus - cephalopod mollusk of warm seas whose females have delicate papery spiral shells
octopod - a cephalopod with eight arms but lacking an internal shell
Argonauta, genus Argonauta - type genus of the family Argonautidae: paper nautilus
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