One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small floating octopus, the female of which has webbed sail-like arms and secretes a thin coiled papery shell in which the eggs are laid.
Genus Argonauta, order OctopodaAlso called paper nautilus
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- ‘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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