Definition of Portuguese man-of-war in English:

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Portuguese man-of-war


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

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Syllabification: Por·tu·guese man-of-war

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