Nettle

Noun

  • Certain non-stinging plants, mostly in the family Lamiaceae, that resemble the species of Urtica:
  • Bull nettles and spurge nettles of genus Cnidoscolus:
  • flame nettle or painted nettle (Coleus);
  • Cnidoscolus urens, bull nettle,
  • horse nettle Agastache urticifolia,
  • Urera baccifera,
  • small-leaved nettle (Dendrocnide photinophylla).
  • Solanum elaeagnifolium, bull nettle, silver-leaf nettle, white horse-nettle;
  • Especially, most species of herb genus Urtica, the stinging nettles:
  • Celtis.
  • Wood nettle (Laportea canadensis);
  • false nettle (Boehmeria, family Urticaceae);
  • Cnidoscolus texanus, Texas bull nettle,
  • hemp nettle (Galeopsis);
  • Various species of the genus Dendrocnide,
  • Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea nettle.
  • rock nettle (Eucnide);
  • ball nettle (Solanum carolinense);
  • Any plant, the foliage of which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
  • Solanum rostratum, horse-nettle;
  • Urtica incisa;
  • dead nettle, dumb nettle (Lamium), particularly Lamium album, white nettle;
  • Cnidoscolus stimulosus, bull nettle, spurge nettle,
  • hedge nettle (Stachys);
  • Nettle trees or tree nettles:
  • nilgiri nettle, Himalayan giant nettle (Girardinia diversifolia, family Urticaceae).
  • Urtica ferox;
  • Certain plants that have spines or prickles:
  • Solanum dimidiatum, western horse-nettle, robust horse-nettle;
  • Most, but not all, subspecies of Urtica dioica,

Verb

  • (literally) Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.

    "The children were badly nettled after playing in the field."

  • (figuratively) To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.

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