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Portuguese man–of–war

noun

Simple Definition of Portuguese man–of–war

  • : a large sea animal that has a very soft body, many long, soft parts (called tentacles) that hang down from its body, and a poisonous sting

Full Definition of Portuguese man–of–war

plural Portuguese man–of–wars also Portuguese men–of–war

  1. :  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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1707

First Known Use of portuguese man–of–war

1707


Medical Dictionary

Portuguese man–of–war

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noun Por·tu·guese man–of–war \ˌpȯr-chə-ˌgēz-ˌman-əv-ˈwȯr\

Medical Definition of Portuguese man–of–war

plural Portuguese man–of–wars \-ˈwȯrz\play also Portuguese men–of–war \-ˌmen-əv-ˈwȯr\play

  1. :  any siphonophore of the genus Physalia including large tropical and subtropical oceanic forms having a crested bladderlike float which bears a colony comprised of three types of zooids on the lower surface with one of the three having stinging tentacles



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