sea nettle


Definition of sea nettle

: a stinging jellyfish especially : one (Chrysaora quinquecirrha) occurring especially in Atlantic estuaries from Cape Cod to the West Indies

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Recent Examples on the Web The stinging sea nettles that had been sucked into the plant and killed by heated water are now thriving and multiplying. Washington Post, "Shutdown of nuke plant has a surprising stinging consequence," 23 Oct. 2019 The cameras documented over 200 instances of jellyfish consumption, including painful sea nettles (Chrysaora plocamia) and Cyanea. National Geographic, "Penguins Caught Feasting on an Unexpected Prey," 15 Sep. 2017 In Asia, researchers just proved that eDNA can also be employed to study jellyfish like the Japanese sea nettle. Jason Bittel, Smithsonian, "How Scientists Use Teeny Bits of Leftover DNA to Solve Wildlife Mysteries," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of sea nettle

1601, in the meaning defined above

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“Sea nettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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