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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.
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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
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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]
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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
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Translations

Portuguese man-of-war

nStaats- or Röhrenqualle f, → Portugiesische Galeere f
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Portuguese man-of-war

[ˌpɔːtjʊˈgiːzˌmænəvˈwɔːʳ] n (jellyfish) → fisalia, caravella portoghese
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Portuguese man-of-war

n fragata or carabela portuguesa, agua mala (fam)
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References in classic literature ?
We saw the usual sharks, blackfish, porpoises, &c., of course, and by and by large schools of Portuguese men-of-war were added to the regular list of sea wonders.
Sixth formers Rachel Carn and Emma Smith from Birmingham with one of the 10 Portuguese Men-of-War they found on Rhosneigr beach, Anglesey
Jellyfish and Portuguese men-of-war tormented survivors.