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man-of-war fish Syllabification: man-of-war fish

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of man-of-war fish in English:


A fish (Nomeus gronovii, family Nomeidae) of tropical oceans that is often found among the tentacles of the Portuguese man-of-war, where it sometimes browses on the host’s body and tentacles.
Example sentences
  • Found in tropical seas, the best know species of shepherd fish is known as the man-of-war fish or driftfish.
  • We have tried unsuccessfully to keep Nomeus, the Portuguese man-of-war fish, alive in a 52-gallon aquarium.
  • The yellow jack and the man-of-war fish hide within the tentacles and perhaps attract larger prey into the trap and feed on the caught prey.
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