Portuguese man-of-war

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Portuguese man-of-war large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Portuguese man-of-war (Zoöl) any species of the genus Physalia; it is a hydrozoan having both medusa and polyp stages present in a single colony. It floats on the surface of the sea by a buoyant bladderlike structure, from which dangle multiple long tentacles with stinging cells. Its can cause severe rashes when it comes in contact with humans swimming in the area. See Physalia.
    • Portuguese man-of-war (Zoöl) See Physalia.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Portuguese man-of-war a species of Physalia
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Usage

In literature:

The sensation was as bad as that from a nettle, but more like that caused by the Physalia or Portuguese man-of-war.
"A Naturalist's Voyage Round the World" by Charles Darwin
However, the coast was alarmed, and a Portuguese man-of-war was sent out to cruise.
"The Pirates Own Book" by Charles Ellms
But he was too late, for Molly had picked up a Portuguese man-o'-war and sat wringing her hands with the pain of its poison.
"Dick in the Everglades" by A. W. Dimock
What particularly interested the ladies was a "Portuguese man of war" which one of the gentlemen had caught in a pail and brought home alive.
"The Bay State Monthly, Volume 3, No. 3" by Various
But I think the Portuguese Man-of-War might be a better example.
"The Common Man" by Guy McCord (AKA Dallas McCord Reynolds)
However, the coast was alarmed, and a Portuguese man-of-war was sent out to cruise.
"Great Pirate Stories" by Various
Parker made loud outcry ashore and a little later Kidd was overtaken by a vengeful Portuguese man-of-war off the port of Carawar.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
The coast was alarmed by this time, however, and a Portuguese man-of-war was sent out after him.
"Strange Stories of Colonial Days" by Various
The only man-of-war present was a Portuguese.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
Man-of-war, Portuguese, 98, *97.
"Elementary Zoology, Second Edition" by Vernon L. Kellogg
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In news:

Portuguese Man-of-War: Floating Misery by Natalie Lunis.
Beware the Portuguese man-of-war .
The balloon shaped sail of the Portuguese man-of-war is a familiar sight in the southern waters of the Gulf Stream.
(AP) — Her face and lips swollen from Portuguese man o'war stings, marathon swimmer Diana Nyad tried to remain positive about all she had accomplished in two years of training for record-setting attempts at a Cuba-Florida swim .
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