nettle

45 ENTRIES FOUND:

1net·tle

noun \ˈne-təl\

: a tall plant that has leaves with hairs that sting you if you touch them

Full Definition of NETTLE

1
:  any of a genus (Urtica of the family Urticaceae, the nettle family) of chiefly coarse herbs armed with stinging hairs
2
:  any of various prickly or stinging plants other than the true nettles (genus Urtica)

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Origin of NETTLE

Middle English, from Old English netel; akin to Old High German nazza nettle, Greek adikē
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with NETTLE

2nettle

verb

: to make (someone) angry

net·tlednet·tling \ˈnet-liŋ, ˈne-təl-iŋ\

Full Definition of NETTLE

transitive verb
1
:  to strike or sting with or as if with nettles
2
:  to arouse to sharp but transitory annoyance or anger

Examples of NETTLE

  1. The mayor's recent actions have nettled some members of the community.
  2. It nettles him that his younger coworker got a promotion before he did.

First Known Use of NETTLE

15th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with NETTLE

net·tle

noun \ˈnet-əl\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of NETTLE

1
: any plant of the genus Urtica (family Urticaceae, the nettle family)
2
: any of various prickly or stinging plants other than one of the genus Urtica

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