caravela portuguesa

The Portuguese man o’ war (Physalia physalis), also known as the Portuguese man-of-war, Man-Of-War, or bluebottle, though often mistaken as a jellyfish, is a marine cnidarian of the family Physaliidae. Its venomous tentacles can deliver a painful sting.

The name “man o’ war” comes from the man-of-war, an 18th-century armed sailing ship, and the cnidarian’s supposed resemblance to the Portuguese version at full sail.

In other languages it is simply known as the ’Portuguese war-ship’ (Dutch: Portugees Oorlogsschip), the ’Portuguese Galley’ (German: Portugiesische Galeere, Hungarian: Portugál Gálya), or the ’Portuguese Caravel’ (Portuguese: “Caravela Portuguesa”, Italian: “Caravella Portoghese”).

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