man-of-war

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man-of-war

 (măn′ə-wôr′)
n. pl. men-of-war
1. See warship.
2. pl., also man-of-wars A Portuguese man-of-war.

man-of-war

or

man o' war

n, pl men-of-war or men o' war
1. (Nautical Terms) a warship
2. (Animals) See Portuguese man-of-war

war•ship

(ˈwɔrˌʃɪp)

n.
a ship built or armed for combat purposes.
[1525–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.man-of-war - a warship intended for combatman-of-war - a warship intended for combat  
sailing warship - a warship that was powered by sails and equipped with many heavy guns; not built after the middle of the 19th century
combat ship, war vessel, warship - a government ship that is available for waging war
2.man-of-war - large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentaclesman-of-war - large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles
siphonophore - a floating or swimming oceanic colony of polyps often transparent or showily colored
genus Physalia, Physalia - Portuguese man-of-war
Translations

man-of-war

[ˈmænəvˈwɔːʳ] N (men-of-war (pl)) [ˈmenəvˈwɔːʳ] Nbuque m de guerra
References in classic literature ?
I have a boatswain who pipes, Livesey; so things shall go man-o'-war fashion on board the good ship HISPANIOLA.
Baout three weeks afterwards, old man Hasken he would hev it that the "East Wind" was a commerce-destroyin' man-o'-war, so he declared war on Sable Island because it was Bridish, an' the shoals run aout too far.
On 3 July, at Christie's London's sale of the collection of Pieter and Olga Dreesmann, one star lot, A Calm--A smalschip and a kaag at anchor with an English man-o'-war beyond by Willem van de Velde II (1633-1707), realised 4m [pound sterling].