Definitions

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  • noun Portuguese man-of-war, a jellyfish-like marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae

Etymologies

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Examples

  • PS The reason people don't swim when signs are posted that there are Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish in the water is that those suckers sting.

    Of Blue Dogs and Pink Jellyfish

  • PS The reason people don't swim when signs are posted that there are Portuguese man-o-war jellyfish in the water is that those suckers sting.

    Of Blue Dogs and Pink Jellyfish

  • You have two choices: Become enriched in the sunshine of Roth, and shed that man-o-war demeanor, or continue to act and smell like an orangutan†™ s ass in heat.

    David Lee Roth: Amtrak FM « BuzzMachine

  • When Frank Chapman visited Pelican Island in 1898 the thousands of herons, egrets, roseate spoonbills, man-o-war birds, and white ibises were gone, and the pelicans severely reduced.

    History of Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

  • By 4 P.M., he could distinctly make out the shape of a Royal Navy man-o-war, with her yellow topsides, as well as the smaller sloop following in her wake.

    John Paul Jones

  • The mood among the crew, untested in battle, quickly went from eager expectation at the prospect of picking up prizes to panic at being blown out of the water by a man-o-war.

    John Paul Jones

  • She held an open book on her knees and was pointing out something in it to Constantine who, dressed in a man-o-war suit, lay at her feet.

    Dubliners

  • About a thousand people had walked or ridden from the surrounding villages, lured by the news that a British man-o-war had trapped the Pirate Jones.

    John Paul Jones

  • About a thousand people had walked or ridden from the surrounding villages, lured by the news that a British man-o-war had trapped the Pirate Jones.

    John Paul Jones

  • In any case, he knew the British man-o-war could sail faster and outmanuever his old Indiaman; he wanted to slow her down.

    John Paul Jones

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  • This is how I spelled my pet gerbil's name, though alternate spellings include man-of-war and man-o'-war. See also comments on those words.

    February 21, 2007