pearly nautilus
noun Date: circa 1800 nautilus 1

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pearly nautilus — n. NAUTILUS (sense 1) …   English World dictionary

  • pearly nautilus — nautilus (def. 1). [1770 80] * * * …   Universalium

  • pearly nautilus — noun cephalopod of the Indian and Pacific oceans having a spiral shell with pale pearly partitions • Syn: ↑chambered nautilus, ↑nautilus • Hypernyms: ↑cephalopod, ↑cephalopod mollusk • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Nautilus …   Useful english dictionary

  • pearly nautilus — pearl′y nau′tilus n. ivt nautilus 1) • Etymology: 1770–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • pearly nautilus — /pɜli ˈnɔtələs/ (say perlee nawtuhluhs) noun → nautilus (def. 1) …   Australian English dictionary

  • nautilus — /nawt l euhs, not /, n., pl. nautiluses, nautili /nawt l uy , not / for 1, 2. 1. Also called chambered nautilus, pearly nautilus. any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus, having a spiral, chambered shell with pearly septa. 2. See paper nautilus. 3.… …   Universalium

  • pearly — adj. & n. adj. (pearlier, pearliest) 1 resembling a pearl; lustrous. 2 containing pearls or mother of pearl. 3 adorned with pearls. n. (pl. ies) (in pl.) Brit. 1 pearly kings and queens. 2 a pearly king s or queen s clothes or pearl buttons.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nautilus — nau•ti•lus [[t]ˈnɔt l əs, ˈnɒt [/t]] n. pl. nau•ti•lus•es, nau•ti•li [[t]ˈnɔt lˌaɪ, ˈnɒt [/t]] 1) ivt Also called chambered nautilus pearly nautilus any cephalopod of the genus Nautilus having a spiral, chambered shell with a pearly interior. 2)… …   From formal English to slang

  • nautilus — /ˈnɔtələs/ (say nawtuhluhs) noun (plural nautiluses or nautili /ˈnɔtəlaɪ/ (say nawtuhluy)) 1. any of the tetrabranchiate cephalopods that constitute the genus Nautilus, having a spiral, chambered shell with pearly septa; pearly nautilus. 2. →… …   Australian English dictionary

  • nautilus —   n. kind of mollusc of Pacific.    ♦ paper nautilus, eight tentacled mollusc with thin papery shell; argonaut.    ♦ pearly nautilus, nautilus with pearly inner shell …   Dictionary of difficult words

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