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man-of-war (also man-o'-war) • n. (pl. men-of-war also men-o'-war) hist. an armed sailing ship. ∎  (also man-o'-war bird) another term for frigate bird. ∎  short for Portuguese man-of-war.

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Man o' War, 1917–47, American racehorse, by Fair Play out of Mahubah, bred by August Belmont near Lexington, Ky., and owned by Samuel D. Riddle after 1918. A large reddish-colored colt capable of tremendously long strides, he raced only as a two-year-old and three-year-old, but in this short time (1919–20) won 20 out of 21 races and set five world records. His one loss was to a horse named Upset at Saratoga in 1919; he ran second. One of the most renowned stallions in the history of American thoroughbred racing, "Big Red," as Man o' War was often called, went on to become a leading sire.

See D. Ours, Man O' War: A Legend like Lightning (2006).