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nettle
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 Indo-European roots.]

nettles

- Got their name because people used to weave them into nets.
See also related terms for weave.
References in classic literature ?
A man who had been soaked in water, and smothered in mud, and lamed by stones, and cut by flints, and stung by nettles, and torn by briars; who limped, and shivered, and glared and growled; and whose teeth chattered in his head as he seized me by the chin.
As I saw him go, picking his way among the nettles, and among the brambles that bound the green mounds, he looked in my young eyes as if he were eluding the hands of the dead people, stretching up cautiously out of their graves, to get a twist upon his ankle and pull him in.
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.
I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms.
A BOY was stung by a Nettle. He ran home and told his Mother, saying, "Although it hurts me very much, I only touched it gently." "That was just why it stung you," said his Mother.
And at last Joe, representing a whole tribe of weeping outlaws, dragged him sadly forth, gave his bow into his feeble hands, and Tom said, "Where this arrow falls, there bury poor Robin Hood under the green- wood tree." 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.
But though Stepan Arkadyevitch was accustomed to very different dinners, he thought everything excellent: the herb brandy, and the bread, and the butter, and above all the salt goose and the mushrooms, and the nettle soup, and the chicken in white sauce, and the white Crimean wine-- everything was superb and delicious.
The 70-year-old heir to the British throne teamed up with sustainable fashion discovers Vin + Omi to create an avant-garde collection of clothing made entirely from nettles, a common weed found around the world which will be supplied from his private Highgrove estate in Gloucestershire, reported People.
That, admittedly, is small beer compared to the achievements of last year's winner Philip Thorne, who swallowed a record-breaking 104 feet worth of nettles. The Devon athlete is a veritable Pele among competitive plant eaters.
That, admittedly, is small beer compared to the achievements of last year's winner Philip Thorne who swallowed a record-breaking 104 feet worth of nettles. The Devon athlete is a veritable Pele among competitive plant eaters.
GRAB THE NETTLE Me and my brother always refer to nettles as being "hot" at this time of year, with reference to their potent sting.