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  • v. Present participle of urticate.


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  • A gram of urticating hairs to the correct guesser!

    Balls and Walnuts

  • The other was pois gratter, the itching pea, a species of Mucuna that has extremely nasty urticating hairs on its seed pod, hairs that can make you feel that you have slivers of glass under your skin.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow

  • In the case of the jelly-fishes, it has been pointed out that their well-known urticating or stinging powers would make them at least unpleasant, if not dangerous, food for fishes; and that consequently the luminosity by which so many of them are characterized at night may serve at once as a warning to predatory fishes and as a protection to themselves.

    Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20) Wonders of Earth, Sea and Sky

  • They also kick out tiny irritating 'urticating' hairs to defend themselves which cause inflammation to the skin, eyes and lungs. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • The caterpillars have urticating (irritating) hairs that carry a toxin.

    BBC Blog Network

  • Called urticating hairs, the structures have multiple barbs that help them puncture through ocular and other tissues.

  • It’s Mucuna pruriens, and like just about everything else in the genus the fruits are covered with vicious urticating hairs.

    The Serpent and the Rainbow


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