Definition of Portuguese man-of-war in English:

Portuguese man-of-war

Pronunciation /ˈpɔrtʃəˌɡiz mæn əv/

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  • A floating colonial coelenterate with a number of polyps and a conspicuous float. It occurs chiefly in warm seas, and bears long tentacles that can inflict painful stings.

    Physalia physalis, order Siphonophora, class Hydrozoa

    ‘Among their more unusual behavior, the octopuses employ a unique defense mechanism by tearing off the tentacles of passing Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish.’
    • ‘There are about a million reported cases of stings each year - most commonly from jellyfish, and particularly in tropical oceans where the Portuguese man-of-war and box jellyfish are prevalent.’
    • ‘If a Portuguese man-of-war stings you it will be very painful.’
    • ‘Dilute vinegar is good first aid for box jellyfish and Portuguese man-of-war stings.’
    • ‘I wondered just how many stings I could take, as I anxiously scanned the surface for the float sac of a Portuguese man-of-war.’
    • ‘Surfers more often encounter free-floating coelenterates such as the true jellyfish, Portuguese man-of-war, and box jellyfish.’
    • ‘Weird algae bloomed in the seas, and strange warm-water beasts, such as Portuguese men-of-war and man-eating sharks, were said to be circling our shores.’
    • ‘It's so hot in Dublin that Portuguese men-of-war are washing ashore.’
    • ‘Or consider the Portuguese man-of-war, a creature that acts like an individual but is actually a huge colony of beings moving as one.’