stinging hair


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stinging hair

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(Botany) a multicellular hair in plants, such as the stinging nettle, that injects an irritant fluid when in contact with an animal
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Noun1.stinging hair - a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluidstinging hair - a multicellular hair in plants like the stinging nettle that expels an irritating fluid
fuzz, tomentum, hair - filamentous hairlike growth on a plant; "peach fuzz"
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I won't pretend they aren't tricky to handle: Nettles are leaves with little stinging hairs.
Basal leaves 10-15 (-25) cm long; laminas narrowly ovate, 70 x 30 to 150 x 45 (to 200 x 60) mm, pinnatisect (lower lobes generally free) with (6-) 9-12 (-14) lobes on each side; lobes narrowly ovate, up to 30 x 20 mm; lobe margins grossly serrate to pinnatifid to lobulate, with 5-8 serrations or lobules on each side; lobules up to 8 mm long, distal lobules usually recurved; adaxial leaf surface sparsely setose with stinging hairs 3-5 mm long and covered with scabrid trichomes up to 1 mm long; abaxial surface setose, very densely set with scabrid (up to 1 mm long) and glochidiate trichomes (up to 0.
Contact with the stinging hairs on fresh nettle can cause skin inflammation, so wear protective gloves when handling it.