Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the urticating cells, thread-cells, lasso-cells, or nematocysts of the Cœlentera, from which the jelly-fishes, etc., obtain their power of stinging.
- n. A nematocyst.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) One of the peculiar stinging cells found in Cœlenterata; a nematocyst; a lasso cell.
- New Latin, from Ancient Greek, meaning "nettle". (Wiktionary)
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