urticate

verb
ur·​ti·​cate | \ˈər-tə-ˌkāt \
urticated; urticating

Definition of urticate 

intransitive verb

: to produce wheals or itching especially : to induce hives

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Other Words from urticate

urtication \ ˌər-​tə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

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Urticating hairs, bristly and very sharp, cover a tarantula’s abdomen and legs and make the spider very unappetizing for any potential predator. Michael Bogan, National Geographic, "Triumphant Tarantula Survives Being Eaten by Toad," 30 Aug. 2016

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First Known Use of urticate

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for urticate

Medieval Latin urticatus, past participle of urticare to sting, from Latin urtica

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Urticales

urticant

urticaria

urticate

urticose

Urubamba

urubu

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ur·​ti·​cate | \ˈərt-ə-ˌkāt \
urticated; urticating

Medical Definition of urticate 

: to produce wheals or itching especially : to induce hives

Other Words from urticate

urtication \ ˌərt-​ə-​ˈkā-​shən \ noun

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