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

Examples of stinging nettle in a Sentence

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, Philly.com, 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'stinging nettle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of stinging nettle

1525, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About stinging nettle

Time Traveler for stinging nettle

Time Traveler

The first known use of stinging nettle was in 1525

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near stinging nettle

stingingness

stinging nettle

stinging tree

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for stinging nettle

Cite this Entry

“Stinging nettle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stinging%20nettle. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for stinging nettle

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

More from Merriam-Webster on stinging nettle

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about stinging nettle

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!