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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Man-of-war n; pl. Men-of-war.
 1. A government vessel employed for the purposes of war, esp. one of large size; a ship of war. [wns=1]
 Syn: -- ship of the line.
 Man-of-war hawk Zool., the frigate bird.
 Man-of-war's man, a sailor serving in a ship of war.
 Portuguese man-of-war Zool., any species of the genus Physalia; it is a hydrozoan having both medusa and polyp stages present in a single colony.  It floats on the surface of the sea by a buoyant bladderlike structure, from which dangle multiple long tentacles with stinging cells.  Its can cause severe rashes when it comes in contact with humans swimming in the area.  See Physalia.