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nautilus 1

Syllabification: nau·ti·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈnôd(ə)ləs/

noun (plural nautiluses or nautiliˈnôtl-ī)

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1A cephalopod mollusk with a light external spiral shell and numerous short tentacles around the mouth. Nautiluses swim with the buoyant gas-filled shell upright and descend to greater depths during the day.
Example sentences
  • Some patterns in nature are formed by natural growth mechanisms, as with the spiral shape of the nautilus shell.
  • The beautiful nautilus shell is white to orange, with white stripes and a central, black whorl.
  • The shape of the museum is like a giant, spiral seashell - a nautilus - made of concrete.
2 (also paper nautilus) another term for argonaut.

Origin

Modern Latin, from Latin, from Greek nautilos, literally 'sailor'.

Words that rhyme with nautilus

scurrilous • Wenceslas

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Nautilus 2 Syllabification: Nau·ti·lus
Pronunciation: /ˈnôd(ə)ləs/
1The first nuclear-powered submarine, launched in 1954. This US Navy vessel made a historic journey (August 1-5, 1958) under the ice of the North Pole.
1.1 trademark An exercise machine that matches resistance with output of force.

Origin

A name previously given to Robert Fulton's “diving boat” (1800), also to the fictitious submarine in Jules Verne's Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea.

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