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paper nautilus

noun
1.
any dibranchiate cephalopod of the genus Argonauta, the female of which has a delicate, white shell.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35
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  • The females secrete a thin, white, brittle shell called the paper nautilus.
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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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