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Pronunciation: jel'e-fish

Definition: Marine coelenterates (class Hydrozoa) including some poisonous species, notably Physalia, the Portuguese man-of-war; toxin is injected into the skin by nematocysts on the tentacles, causing linear wheals.

Synonym(s): jelly2

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