paper-nautilus

paper nautilus

noun
any dibranchiate cephalopod of the genus Argonauta, the female of which has a delicate, white shell.

Origin:
1825–35

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paper nautilus
 
n
Compare pearly nautilus Also called: argonaut any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Argonauta, esp A. argo, of warm and tropical seas, having a papery external spiral shell: order Octopoda (octopods)

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