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. [wns=1]
Syn. -- ship of the line.
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2. The Portuguese man-of-war.
Syn. -- , jellyfish.
[WordNet 1.5]

Man-of-war hawk (Zol.), the frigate bird. -- Man-of-war's man, a sailor serving in a ship of war. -- Portuguese man-of-war (Zol.), 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.
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