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man-of-war (n.)

late 14c., "a soldier;" see man (n.) + war (n.). Meaning "armed ship, vessel equipped for warfare" is from late 15c. Man in the sense of "a ship" is attested from late 15c. in combinations (such as merchantman). The sea creature known as the Portuguese man-of-war (1707) is so called for its sail-like crest. The great U.S. thoroughbred race horse was Man o' War (1917-1947).

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Definitions of man-of-war from WordNet

man-of-war (n.)
a warship intended for combat;
Synonyms: ship of the line
man-of-war (n.)
large siphonophore having a bladderlike float and stinging tentacles;
Synonyms: Portuguese man-of-war / jellyfish
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