paper nautilus

noun

Definition of paper nautilus

: a pelagic cephalopod (genus Argonauta) of which the female has a delicate papery shell

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First Known Use of paper nautilus

circa 1792, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of paper nautilus was circa 1792

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“Paper nautilus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/paper%20nautilus. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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