urticate

verb
ur·​ti·​cate | \ ˈər-tə-ˌkāt How to pronounce urticate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce urticate (audio) \ noun

Examples of urticate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, 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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The first known use of urticate was in 1843

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“Urticate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/urticate. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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urticate

intransitive verb
ur·​ti·​cate | \ ˈərt-ə-ˌkāt How to pronounce urticate (audio) \
urticated; urticating

Medical Definition of urticate

: to produce wheals or itching especially : to induce hives

Other Words from urticate

urtication \ ˌərt-​ə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce urticate (audio) \ noun

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