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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Argonauta  \Ar`go*nau"ta\,  n.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  genus  of  Cephalopoda.  The  shell  is  called  paper  nautilus  or 
  paper  sailor. 
 
  Note:  The  animal  has  much  resemblance  to  an  Octopus.  It  has 
  eight  arms,  two  of  which  are  expanded  at  the  end  and 
  clasp  the  shell,  but  are  never  elevated  in  the  air  for 
  sails  as  was  formerly  supposed.  The  creature  swims 
  beneath  the  surface  by  means  of  a  jet  of  water,  like 
  other  cephalopods.  The  male  has  no  shell,  and  is  much 
  smaller  than  the  female.  See  {Hectocotylus}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Argonauta 
  n  :  type  genus  of  the  family  Argonautidae:  paper  nautilus  [syn: 
  {Argonauta},  {genus  Argonauta}] 




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