I am reading 'The old man and the sea.' I've read this sentence as follows. 'But the bird was almost out of sight now and nothing showed on the surface of the water but some patches of yellow, sun-bleached Sargasso weed and the purple, formalized, iridescent, gelatinous bladder of a Portuguese man-of-war floating dose beside the boat.'

In this, What's the meaning of 'dose'? In dictionary I have, It only is remarked as 'a measured amount of it which is intended to be taken at one time.' With this meaning, I can't make sense of above sentence. please help me.:)

closed as off-topic by Mari-Lou A, Hellion, user66974, tchrist, JLG May 2 '14 at 4:37

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    This is an OCR or transcription error— unfortunate, as it is a somewhat famous sentence. The purple, formalized, iridescent, gelatinous bladder of a Portuguese man-of-war was floating close beside the boat. – choster May 1 '14 at 16:10
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a typographical error – Mari-Lou A May 1 '14 at 20:10
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    or maybe it wasn't a typographical error, it was just a poorly legible font where the c and the l ran too close together. The importance of typography! =) – andi May 1 '14 at 20:17

As Choster said in his comment, this is an error in your edition. You can see the line here, in its first publication, in the September 1, 1952 issue of Life magazine:

The Old Man and the Sea

It should be:

...close beside the boat.

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    Oh my god. I have very deplorable, poor edition. I would like to burn it, and buy new one.:( – El guaje May 1 '14 at 22:27

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