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The first nuclear-powered submarine, launched in 1954. This US navy vessel made a historic journey (1–5 August 1958) under the ice of the North Pole.
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.
1A cephalopod mollusc with a light external spiral shell and numerous short tentacles around the mouth.
- ‘Unlike most other cephalopods that have a short life span, the chambered nautilus can live 16 or more years.’
- ‘The aborigines believe that the skeleton of each dead moon drops into the sea and becomes the shell of the chambered nautilus.’
- ‘The beautiful nautilus shell is white to orange, with white stripes and a central, black whorl.’
- ‘Some patterns in nature are formed by natural growth mechanisms, as with the spiral shape of the nautilus shell.’
- ‘The shell contains a gas which makes it semi-buoyant, permitting the nautilus to change depth and to swim.’
- ‘The shape of the museum is like a giant, spiral seashell - a nautilus - made of concrete.’
- ‘Geology students recommend you check out the nautilus shells in limestone mounted on the bar.’
- ‘Most resorts in Manado can make special arrangements with local fishermen to show you the prehistoric nautilus.’
- ‘The eggs and hatchlings of the chambered nautilus are the largest of all cephalopods.’
- ‘The pearly nautilus is an exception to most generalizations about cephalopods.’
2another term for argonaut
Modern Latin, from Latin, from Greek nautilos, literally sailor.
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