Share this entry

Share this page

argonaut

Syllabification: ar·go·naut
Pronunciation: /ˈärɡəˌnôt
 
/

Definition of argonaut in English:

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.

Definition of argonaut in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day emulous
Pronunciation: ˈemyələs
adjective
seeking to emulate or imitate someone or something