stinging nettle


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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Recent Examples on the Web Some people may also have an allergic reaction to stinging nettle that can be life-threatening. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 The Cutlers were looking to switch up their stinging nettle risotto with a flavor profile that would be instantly recognizable. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2021 Some weeds such as stinging nettle and poison ivy may cause skin irritation. Rita Pelczar, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 July 2021 Monarchs require other flowering plants for food, such as common tidytips, stinging nettle and Lacy phacelia that River Partners is planting along with milkweed, which will also help create habitat for other pollinators, including bees. Tara Duggan, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2021 At the head of the line, Barkeim swung a stick, clearing a path through an ocean of stinging nettles. Frank Bures, Outside Online, 17 Oct. 2019 One cup of stinging nettle, which was the traditional spring green, contains as much iron as a cup of kale and more calcium than a glass of milk. Sandy M. Fernandez, Woman's Day, 14 Nov. 2018 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,, 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, 19 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of stinging nettle

1525, in the meaning defined above

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“Stinging nettle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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: 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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