Portuguese man-of-war

Portuguese man-of-war
noun (plural Portuguese man-of-wars; also Portuguese men-of-war) Date: 1707 any of a genus (Physalia of the family Physaliidae) of large tropical and subtropical pelagic siphonophores having a crested bladderlike float which bears the colony comprised of three types of zooids on the lower surface with one of the three having nematocyst-equipped tentacles

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  • Portuguese man-of-war — Man of war Man of war , n; pl. {Men of war}. 1. A government vessel employed for the purposes of war, esp. one of large size; a ship of war. [WordNet sense 1] Syn: ship of the line. [1913 Webster] 2. The {Portuguese man of war}. Syn: Syn. ,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Portuguese man-of-war — Portuguese Por tu*guese, a. [Cf. F. portugais, Sp. portugues, Pg. portuguez.] Of or pertaining to Portugal, or its inhabitants. n. sing. & pl. A native or inhabitant of Portugal; people of Portugal. [1913 Webster] {Portuguese man of war}. (Zo[… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Portuguese man-of-war — n a very large, poisonous ↑jellyfish …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Portuguese man-of-war — noun count a soft transparent ocean animal that floats on top of the ocean and has a strong sting …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Portuguese man-of-war — n. any of a genus (Physalia) of large, colonial, warm sea siphonophores having a large, bladderlike sac, with a sail like structure on top, which enables them to float on the water, and long, dangling tentacles that have powerful stinging cells …   English World dictionary

  • Portuguese Man o' War — This article is about the marine invertebrate. For other uses, see Man O War (disambiguation). Portuguese Man o War Scientific classification Kingdom …   Wikipedia

  • Portuguese man-of-war — noun large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles • Syn: ↑man of war, ↑jellyfish • Hypernyms: ↑siphonophore • Member Holonyms: ↑Physalia, ↑genus Physalia * * * noun, pl …   Useful english dictionary

  • Portuguese man-of-war — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms Portuguese man of war : singular Portuguese man of war plural Portuguese man of wars a soft transparent sea animal that floats on top of the sea and has a strong sting …   English dictionary

  • Portuguese man-of-war — any of several large, oceanic hydrozoans of the genus Physalia, having a large, bladderlike structure with a saillike crest by which they are buoyed up and from which dangle tentacles with stinging cells. [1700 10] * * * Any of various floating,… …   Universalium

  • Portuguese man-of-war — Por·tu·guese man of war .pȯr chə .gēz .man əv wȯr n, pl Portuguese man of wars wȯrz also Portuguese men of war .men əv wȯr any siphonophore of the genus Physalia including large tropical and subtropical oceanic forms having a crested… …   Medical dictionary