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stinging nettle
Urtica dioica

net·tle

 (nĕt′l)
n.
1. Any of various plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.
2. Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.
tr.v. net·tled, net·tling, net·tles
1. To sting with or as if with a nettle.
2. To irritate; vex.

[Middle English, from Old English netele; see ned- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

nettle

(ˈnɛtəl)
n
1. (Plants) any weedy plant of the temperate urticaceous genus Urtica, such as U. dioica (stinging nettle), having serrated leaves with stinging hairs and greenish flowers
2. (Plants) any of various other urticaceous plants with stinging hairs or spines
3. (Plants) any of various plants that resemble urticaceous nettles, such as the dead-nettle, hemp nettle, and horse nettle
4. grasp the nettle to attempt or approach something with boldness and courage
vb (tr)
5. to bother; irritate
6. to sting as a nettle does
[Old English netele; related to Old High German nazza (German Nessel)]
ˈnettle-ˌlike adj
ˈnettly adj

net•tle

(ˈnɛt l)

n., v. -tled, -tling. n.
1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs.
2. any of various similar plants.
v.t.
3. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
4. to sting as a nettle does.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English netele (n.); c. Old Saxon netila, Old High German nezzila (German Nessel), early Swedish netla]
net′tle•like`, adj.
net′tler, n.
net′tly, adj.

nettle


Past participle: nettled
Gerund: nettling

Imperative
nettle
nettle
Present
I nettle
you nettle
he/she/it nettles
we nettle
you nettle
they nettle
Preterite
I nettled
you nettled
he/she/it nettled
we nettled
you nettled
they nettled
Present Continuous
I am nettling
you are nettling
he/she/it is nettling
we are nettling
you are nettling
they are nettling
Present Perfect
I have nettled
you have nettled
he/she/it has nettled
we have nettled
you have nettled
they have nettled
Past Continuous
I was nettling
you were nettling
he/she/it was nettling
we were nettling
you were nettling
they were nettling
Past Perfect
I had nettled
you had nettled
he/she/it had nettled
we had nettled
you had nettled
they had nettled
Future
I will nettle
you will nettle
he/she/it will nettle
we will nettle
you will nettle
they will nettle
Future Perfect
I will have nettled
you will have nettled
he/she/it will have nettled
we will have nettled
you will have nettled
they will have nettled
Future Continuous
I will be nettling
you will be nettling
he/she/it will be nettling
we will be nettling
you will be nettling
they will be nettling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been nettling
you have been nettling
he/she/it has been nettling
we have been nettling
you have been nettling
they have been nettling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been nettling
you will have been nettling
he/she/it will have been nettling
we will have been nettling
you will have been nettling
they will have been nettling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been nettling
you had been nettling
he/she/it had been nettling
we had been nettling
you had been nettling
they had been nettling
Conditional
I would nettle
you would nettle
he/she/it would nettle
we would nettle
you would nettle
they would nettle
Past Conditional
I would have nettled
you would have nettled
he/she/it would have nettled
we would have nettled
you would have nettled
they would have nettled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nettle - any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)nettle - any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
stinging nettle, Urtica dioica - perennial Eurasian nettle established in North America having broad coarsely toothed leaves with copious stinging hairs
Roman nettle, Urtica pipulifera - annual European nettle with stinging foliage and small clusters of green flowers
Laportea canadensis, wood nettle - American perennial herb found in rich woods and provided with stinging hairs; provides fibers used for textiles
clearweed, Pilea pumilla, richweed, dead nettle - a plants of the genus Pilea having drooping green flower clusters and smooth translucent stems and leaves
artillery plant, Pilea microphylla - tropical American stingless nettle that discharges its pollen explosively
friendship plant, panamica, panamiga, Pilea involucrata - low stingless nettle of Central and South America having velvety brownish-green toothed leaves and clusters of small green flowers
weed - any plant that crowds out cultivated plants
Verb1.nettle - sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensationnettle - sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
sting, bite, burn - cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort; "The sun burned his face"
urticate - whip with or as with nettles
2.nettle - cause annoyance innettle - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
get under one's skin, get - irritate; "Her childish behavior really get to me"; "His lying really gets me"
eat into, rankle, grate, fret - gnaw into; make resentful or angry; "The injustice rankled her"; "his resentment festered"
chafe - feel extreme irritation or anger; "He was chafing at her suggestion that he stay at home while she went on a vacation"
peeve - cause to be annoyed, irritated, or resentful
ruffle - trouble or vex; "ruffle somebody's composure"
fret - cause annoyance in
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke - annoy continually or chronically; "He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked"; "This man harasses his female co-workers"
antagonize, antagonise - provoke the hostility of; "Don't antagonize your boss"
displease - give displeasure to

nettle

verb irritate, provoke, annoy, gall, sting, aggravate (informal), incense, ruffle, exasperate, vex, goad, pique, get on your nerves (informal), nark (Brit., Austral., & N.Z. slang), piss you off (taboo slang) I instantly regretted my remark, because it obviously nettled him.

nettle

verb
To trouble the nerves or peace of mind of, especially by repeated vexations:
Idioms: get in one's hair, get on one's nerves, get under one's skin.
Translations
حَشيش القُرّاصقرَاصُ
kopřiva
nældebrændenælde
nokkonenpiikitelläpolttaa
kopriva
csalán
netla
イラクサ
쐐기풀
dilgėlė
nātre
pŕhľava
brännässlanässla
ต้นไม้ป่าใบเป็นขนที่ทำให้ระคายเคือง
ısırganısırgan otu
cây tầm ma

nettle

[ˈnetl]
A. N (Bot) → ortiga f
to grasp the nettle (Brit) → agarrar el toro por los cuernos
B. VTpicar, molestar
somewhat nettled by thisalgo molesto por esto
C. CPD nettle rash Nurticaria f
nettle sting Npicadura f de ortiga

nettle

[ˈnɛtəl]
n (= plant) → ortie f
to grasp the nettle (mainly British) (= take difficult action) → se jeter à l'eau
Some industrialists believe the government should grasp the nettle of devaluation → Certains industriels pensent que le gouvernement devrait se jeter à l'eau et dévaluer.

nettle

n (Bot) → Nessel f; to grasp the nettle (fig)in den sauren Apfel beißen
vt (fig inf) personärgern, wurmen (inf), → fuchsen (inf)

nettle

:
nettle rash
nettle sting
nBrennnesselstich m; her legs were covered in nettlesihre Beine waren von den Brennnesseln völlig zerstochen

nettle

[ˈnɛtl]
1. nortica
2. vtesasperare
he is easily nettled → è una persona facilmente irritabile

nettle

(ˈnetl) noun
a type of plant covered with hairs that cause a painful rash if touched.

nettle

قرَاصُ kopřiva nælde Nessel τσουκνίδα ortiga nokkonen ortie kopriva ortica イラクサ 쐐기풀 brandnetel nesle pokrzywa urtiga крапива brännässla ต้นไม้ป่าใบเป็นขนที่ทำให้ระคายเคือง ısırgan cây tầm ma 荨麻

nettle

n (bot) ortiga
References in classic literature ?
Then he shot the arrow and fell back and would have died, but he lit on a nettle and sprang up too gaily for a corpse.
Climbing plants are monstrous and luxuriant, but others which have never been known to climb elsewhere learn the art as an escape from that somber shadow, so that the common nettle, the jasmine, and even the jacitara palm tree can be seen circling the stems of the cedars and striving to reach their crowns.
The sensation was as bad as that from a nettle, but more like that caused by the Physalia or Portuguese man-of-war.
Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.
You can't expect to ride your new crotchet without anybody's trying to stick a nettle under his tail and make him kick you off--especially as we shall all have to go on foot still.
I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms.
At such a time I found out for certain, that this bleak place overgrown with nettles was the churchyard; and that Philip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried; and that Alexander, Bartholomew, Abraham, Tobias, and Roger, infant children of the aforesaid, were also dead and buried; and that the dark flat wilderness beyond the churchyard, intersected with dykes and mounds and gates, with scattered cattle feeding on it, was the marshes; and that the low leaden line beyond, was the river; and that the distant savage lair from which the wind was rushing, was the sea; and that the small bundle of shivers growing afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.
As I thought of all I owed that noble fish, I kneeled by the river's bearded lip, among the nettles and the meadowsweet, and swore by the inconstant moon that trout and I were henceforth kinsmen, and that between our houses should be an eternal amity.
At this sight the curate cried faintly in his throat, and began running; but I knew it was no good running from a Martian, and I turned aside and crawled through dewy nettles and brambles into the broad ditch by the side of the road.
And close at hand came the village: the small church, with its red-tiled roof, looking humble even among the faded half-timbered houses; the old green gravestones with nettles round them; nothing fresh and bright but the children, opening round eyes at the swift post-chaise; nothing noisy and busy but the gaping curs of mysterious pedigree.
It is settled: to-morrow I will throw my cassock to the nettles.
Mary had shewn herself disobliging to him, and was now to reap the consequence, which consequence was his dropping her arm almost every moment to cut off the heads of some nettles in the hedge with his switch; and when Mary began to complain of it, and lament her being ill-used, according to custom, in being on the hedge side, while Anne was never incommoded on the other, he dropped the arms of both to hunt after a weasel which he had a momentary glance of, and they could hardly get him along at all.