from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) The act or process of whipping or stinging with nettles; -- sometimes used in the treatment of paralysis.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun 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
  • noun 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