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)
References in classic literature ?
of course, and by and by large schools of Portuguese men-of-war were added to the regular list of sea wonders.
Portuguese men-of-war - with tentacles up to 160ft long - usually live thousands of miles out to sea but the storm has pushed them to our coast.
Jellyfish, together with corals, sea anemones and Portuguese men-of-war, belong to a group of marine animals armed with stinging capsules that discharge poison when they are touched.