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 ?
Besides this means of defence, an acrid secretion, which is spread over its body, causes a sharp, stinging sensation, similar to that produced by the Physalia, or Portuguese man-of-war.
If you happen to come across a Portuguese man-of-war, with a characteristic purple-blue oval-shaped float, you should report it to the local authorities.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries (MoAF) has issued an advisory listing out preventive and first-aid measures in case of a sting by Portuguese man-of-war or the bluebottle, a highly venomous creature.
Summary: New Delhi [India], August 7 (ANI): Scores of blue bottle jellyfish also known as Portuguese man-of-war we spotted cross the beaches of Mumbai, causing panic and fear among the people.
It's difficult sometimes to understand if the Portuguese man-of-war understands there needs to be some pizzazz at Old Trafford.
In much of the world they are better known as (https://www.britannica.com/animal/Portuguese-man-of-war#ref16993) Portuguese man-of-war (sometimes spelled "man o' war"), a name that refers to the bluebottle's genus, and are found in warm water.
When I was a child I was once stung by a huge jellyfish (a Portuguese man-of-war), and to this day I remember the agony.
Other types of jellyfish are - Moon jellyfish, which are the most commonly seen, Compass jellyfish, Blue jellyfish, Mauve stinger, Lions mane jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-war and the By-the-wind-sailor.
THE potentially deadly Portuguese Man-of-War has been washed up on UK shores, conservationists are warning.