siphonophore

noun
si·pho·no·phore | \ sī-ˈfä-nə-ˌfȯr , ˈsī-fə-nə- \

Definition of siphonophore 

: any of an order (Siphonophora) of colonial free-swimming or floating pelagic hydrozoans that are mostly delicate, transparent, and colored and have specialized zooids

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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Portuguese Man o' War - a species known as a siphonophore and named for its resemblance to an 18th-century Portuguese warship at full sail - often float in large groups. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Portuguese Man o' War in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores prompts purple flag," 27 Feb. 2018 But the sting of the Portuguese man o’war—which is technically a siphonophore and not a jellyfish—is particularly painful. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Urine Luck: Vinegar Is the Best Treatment for a Man O’ War Sting," 4 May 2017 But the sting of the Portuguese man o’war—which is technically a siphonophore and not a jellyfish—is particularly painful. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Urine Luck: Vinegar Is the Best Treatment for a Man O’ War Sting," 4 May 2017

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First Known Use of siphonophore

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for siphonophore

ultimately from Greek siphōn + pherein to carry — more at bear

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siphonophore

noun
si·pho·no·phore | \ sī-ˈfän-ə-ˌfō(ə)r , ˈsī-fə-nə- , -ˌfȯ(ə)r \

Medical Definition of siphonophore 

: any of an order (Siphonophora) of compound free-swimming or floating pelagic hydrozoans — see portuguese man-of-war

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