Portuguese man-of-war

noun

Definition of Portuguese man-of-war

plural Portuguese man-of-wars also Portuguese men-of-war
: 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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First Known Use of portuguese man-of-war

1707


PORTUGUESE MAN-OF-WAR Defined for English Language Learners

Portuguese man-of-war

noun

Definition of Portuguese man-of-war for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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Portuguese man-of-war

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\ also Portuguese men-of-war \-ˌmen-əv-ˈwȯr\
: 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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