sea nettle


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Passengers and crew aboard a Monterey Bay Whale Watch vessel watched as two of the orca siblings carried what might have been the same sea nettle at different times in the bay. Pete Thomas, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 Tory Kallman captured footage of the oldest sibling (CA202A) swimming behind a GoPro camera with the sea nettle dangling from his chin. Pete Thomas, USA TODAY, 8 Dec. 2021 The stinging sea nettles that had been sucked into the plant and killed by heated water are now thriving and multiplying. Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2019 The cameras documented over 200 instances of jellyfish consumption, including painful sea nettles (Chrysaora plocamia) and Cyanea. National Geographic, 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, 25 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sea nettle was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Sea nettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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