Portuguese man-of-war


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Portuguese man-of-war

n.
A colonial siphonophore (Physalia physalis) composed of numerous specialized zooids, having a bluish bladderlike crested float from which hang numerous long stinging tentacles.

Portuguese man-of-war

n
(Animals) any of several large complex colonial hydrozoans of the genus Physalia, esp P. physalis, having an aerial float and long stinging tentacles: order Siphonophora. Sometimes shortened to: man-of-war

Por′tuguese man`-of-war′


n.
any of several large, colonial marine hydrozoans of the genus Physalia, having a buoyant saillike sac from which dangle poisonous stinging tentacles.
[1700–10]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Portuguese man-of-war - large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentaclesPortuguese man-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

Portuguese man-of-war

nStaats- or Röhrenqualle f, → Portugiesische Galeere f

Portuguese man-of-war

[ˌpɔːtjʊˈgiːzˌmænəvˈwɔːʳ] n (jellyfish) → fisalia, caravella portoghese

Portuguese man-of-war

n fragata or carabela portuguesa, agua mala (fam)
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As a child, I was once stung by a huge Portuguese man-of-war and to this day I can still remember the agony.
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They were leaning against the wooden railing with their arms crossed, talking quietly and looking out at the beach, dotted here and there with a blueish bubble of a Portuguese man-of-war washed ashore by the storm.
We came across some lethal Portuguese Man-of-War sea creatures on holiday and they both got in such a strop at having to leave the sea in case we got stung that I dubbed them the Portuguese Daughters-of-War.
The tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war can, even when detached, cause stings to humans lasting up to two weeks.
The tentacles of the Portuguese Man-of-War can be over 100ft (approximately 30m) long.
The latest Portuguese man-of-war was found on the same beach where the first was found on Monday.