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[nawt-l-uh s, not-] /ˈnɔt l əs, ˈnɒt-/

noun, plural nautiluses, nautili
[nawt-l-ahy, not-] /ˈnɔt lˌaɪ, ˈnɒt-/ (Show IPA), for 1, 2.
Also called chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus. any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus, having a spiral, chambered shell with pearly septa.
(initial capital letter) the first nuclear-powered submarine launched by the U.S. Navy.
noun (pl) -luses, -li (-ˌlaɪ)
any cephalopod mollusc of the genus Nautilus, esp the pearly nautilus
short for paper nautilus

marine cephalopod, c.1600, from Latin nautilus, in Pliny a kind of marine snail (including also squid, cuttlefish, polyps, etc.), from Greek nautilos “paper nautilus,” literally “sailor,” from nautes “sailor,” from naus “ship” (see naval). The cephalopod formerly was thought to use its webbed arms as sails.


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