nettle

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English[edit]

Urtica dioica
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old English netle, netele, netel from Proto-Germanic *natilǭ (cogate with Old Saxon netila, Middle Dutch netele (modern netel), German Nessel, Middle Danish nædlæ "nettle"), a diminutive of *natǭ (of unknown origin, perhaps from the same source as net).

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Noun[edit]

nettle (plural nettles)

  1. A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
  2. The non-stinging plant deadnettle, in the mint family, Lamiaceae.
  3. Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.

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Verb[edit]

nettle (third-person singular simple present nettles, present participle nettling, simple past and past participle nettled) (transitive)

  1. (literally) Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.
    The children were badly nettled after playing in the field.
  2. (figuratively) To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.

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