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- n. an armed naval vessel
- n. Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish-like marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae
- n. man of war bird, the magnificent frigatebird
- n. a military man
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This petition is put into my hands by Col. Sir F. Steven the resident of Zante, for here a Capt. of a man of war is a species of Penang Lawyer, and whenever a petition comes to any of these gentlemen they always say “Oh! give it the Capt. of the Brig or F.igate, &c. he will soon settle it, and do it by Club Law.”
Barkayk, a mighty man of war who, when he reached the King, alighted from his elephant and kissing the earth before him, sought of him leave to challenge the foe to combat singular.
He raised his telescope, then picked up his telephone and reported to Canopus: “A four-funnel and a two-funnel man of war in sight steering northwards.”
*** Pelicanus aquilus, the frigat or man of war bird.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.