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Chambered nautilus   /tʃˈeɪmbərd nˈɔtələs/   Listen
Chambered nautilus

Cephalopod of the Indian and Pacific oceans having a spiral shell with pale pearly partitions.  Synonyms: nautilus, pearly nautilus.

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"Chambered nautilus" Quotes from Famous Books

... nearly fifty before he became widely known as a writer, when "The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table" was published. He was successful as essayist, novelist, poet, a kindly wit playing through much of his work. His best-known poems are "Old Ironsides," "The Chambered Nautilus," "The One-hoss Shay," "The Last Leaf," and "The Boys." ...
— Graded Poetry: Seventh Year - Edited by Katherine D. Blake and Georgia Alexander • Various

... things about the life and habits of the children of the sea—how in the midst of dashing waves the little polyps build the beautiful coral isles of the Pacific, and the foraminifera have made the chalk-hills of many a land—my teacher read me "The Chambered Nautilus," and showed me that the shell-building process of the mollusks is symbolical of the development of the mind. Just as the wonder-working mantle of the Nautilus changes the material it absorbs from the ...
— Story of My Life • Helen Keller

Words linked to "Chambered nautilus" :   genus Nautilus, cephalopod, cephalopod mollusk

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