from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of numerous plants of the genus Urtica, having toothed leaves, unisexual apetalous flowers, and stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact.
- n. Any of various hairy, stinging, or prickly plants.
- transitive v. To sting with or as if with a nettle.
- transitive v. To irritate; vex.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
- n. The non-stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae.
- n. Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.
- v. Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.
- v. To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A plant of the genus Urtica, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation. Urtica gracilis is common in the Northern, and Urtica chamædryoides in the Southern, United States. The common European species, Urtica urens and Urtica dioica, are also found in the Eastern united States. Urtica pilulifera is the Roman nettle of England.
- transitive v. To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sting; irritate or vex; provoke; pique.
- n. A herbaceous plant of the genus Urtica, armed with stinging hairs.
- n. One of several plants of other genera of the nettle family (Urticaceæ); any nettle-like plant: generally with a qualifying word.
- n. Nautical, same as knittle, 2.
- n. The white dead-nettle, Lamium album.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
- v. cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
- v. sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
He will make over to the ignominy of ignorant and barbaric ages, -- 'for we call a nettle but a nettle,' he will turn into a forgotten pageant of the rude, early, instinctive ages, the yet brutal ages of an undeveloped humanity, that triumphant reception at home, of the Conqueror of Foreign States.
Naturalist we are told, that these names are omitted, 'for we call a nettle but a nettle, and the faults of fools their folly,' -- that exclusive good he finds both passive and active, and this also is one of those primary distinctions which 'is formed in all things,' and so too is the _subdivision_ of passive good which follows.
a monkey, poison to a nettle, and folly to a fool, they called a nettle
We need to be very transparent, and very clear that this cannot continue, but at the same time grasp a very difficult political nettle, which is to address the problem of pay at the senior levels of the Civil Service.
I've also been looking to include more raw garlic in my diet as I've been fighting off a few infections so I hit on the idea of nettle pesto.
This year we are grasping an even more difficult nettle, which is human rights in the two traditions.
The sting of the nettle is a very curious and interesting object under the microscope.
The bird spends the day searching for food in such places -- hence its name nettle-creeper -- creeping along the hedges, under brambles and thorns, and builds its nest in the locality to which it is accustomed.
"We need to be very transparent, and very clear that this cannot continue, but at the same time grasp a very difficult political nettle, which is to address the problem of pay at the senior levels of the Civil Service."
But an invasive pest called the nettle moth caterpillar can take the fun out