Definition of argonaut in English:

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argonaut

Pronunciation: /ˈärɡəˌnôt/

noun

A small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed arms like sails and secretes a thin, coiled, papery shell in which the eggs are laid. Also called paper nautilus.
  • Genus Argonauta, order Octopoda.
Example sentences
  • The coleoids include modern squids, cuttlefish, octopuses, and the argonauts or paper-nautilus, together with extinct groups such as the belemnites.
  • These ammoniac egg cases/brood chambers closely resemble the female Argonauta shell, produced for this purpose by the adult argonaut.
  • One of the most astounding cephalopods is the paper nautilus also known as argonaut.

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Syllabification: ar·go·naut

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