stinging nettle

noun

Definition of stinging nettle 

: nettle sense 1 especially : a Eurasian nettle (Urtica dioica) widely naturalized in North America that has numerous hairs extremely irritating to the skin

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This is where Andiario spends most of his time, twisting short cuts of strozzapreti, folding jade sheets of stinging nettle dough into tortelloni origami. Adam Erace, Philly.com, "After finding themselves unexpectedly homeless in West Chester, chef and his wife put down roots at Andiario," 19 June 2018 That means a few pieces of comfortable, nondescript clothing, waterproof hiking boots (already broken in), lightweight wool socks, a waterproof jacket, a hat, and garden gloves (to avoid stinging nettles). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "African Safari 101: What to Pack (And What to Leave Behind)," 19 Apr. 2018 Andrew Wood, who owns Center City’s Russet with his wife, Kristin, started getting watercress, stinging nettles, and other wild greens about two weeks early. Allison Steele, Philly.com, "For chefs, spring means greens are on the menu," 14 Mar. 2018 As in Andersen’s telling, the only way Eliza can break the spell on her brothers is to weave shirts for them of stinging nettles without once talking or weeping. WSJ, "Children’s Books: Face-to-Face With the Classics," 23 Mar. 2018 Look for stinging nettles, watercress and wild greens on a menu near you. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Students walk out, Lamb declares victory, Krasner won't oppose Mill's release | Morning Newsletter," 15 Mar. 2018 The tenant lineup of the Ferry Building has steadily evolved along the way, often voiced with the pain of a thousand stinging nettles. Paolo Lucchesi, San Francisco Chronicle, "Does the Ferry Building still reflect the Bay Area’s food culture?," 9 Mar. 2018 Pilea are in that most irritating family of plants that includes stinging nettle, the Urticaceae. Kenneth Setzer, miamiherald, "This plant’s many species range from houseplants to ground cover to shrubs | Miami Herald," 22 Feb. 2018 Organic or wild greens Dark leafy greens, fresh green herbs, stinging nettles, and wild garlic leaves are a treasure trove of nutrients that act as antioxidants and also alkalize the body. Amber Rose, Bon Appetit, "Gwyneth Paltrow's Former Chef Swears by These Superfoods," 25 Oct. 2017

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1525, in the meaning defined above

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stinging nettle

noun

Medical Definition of stinging nettle 

: nettle sense 1 especially : a perennial Eurasian nettle (Urtica dioica) widely naturalized in North America and having numerous hairs that are extremely irritating to the skin

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