from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The formation or development of hives.
  • n. The sensation of having been stung by nettles.
  • n. A lashing with nettles formerly used to treat a paralyzed part of the body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the development of urticaria (hives)
  • n. The sensation of being stung by nettles
  • n. Beating the skin with nettles (formerly used to treat paralysis)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of whipping or stinging with nettles; -- sometimes used in the treatment of paralysis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The action or result of urticating or stinging; a stinging or nettling operation or effect; specifically, the whipping of a benumbed or paralytic limb with nettles, in order to restore its feeling.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs
  • n. a sensation of having been stung by nettles


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  • the act of whipping a benumbed or palsied limb with nettles to restore its feeling

    October 31, 2008