Definition of nettle in English:
1A herbaceous plant that has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.
- Genus Urtica, family Urticaceae: several species, in particular the Eurasian stinging nettle (U. dioica)
- These so-called host plants include many broadleaf weeds and cover crops such as nettles, mallow, chicory, dandelion, thistles, bindweed, deadly nightshade, and many clovers.
- But the beauty of most edible plants - nettles, dandelions, alexanders, fat hen, sorrel - is that they are so prolific they are considered a nuisance.
- Almost everyone is familiar with the nettle through its formidable sting, but few know about the important role it plays in the natural world.
1.1Used in names of plants that have properties or appearance similar to nettle, e.g., dead-nettle.
- Flea beetles also feed on many nongarden plants, including Virginia creeper, pokeweed, horse nettle, pigweed and wild mustard family plants.
- Dead nettles are ground cover perennials with leaves that are marked in silver.
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1Irritate or annoy (someone): I was nettled by Alene’s tone of superiority
More example sentences
- So it nettles me a little bit for people to question her qualifications.
- One remark of Don's, however, nettled me for its pre-emptive protecting of the poet.
- I am nettled by this, and, refusing his attentions walk off into the surf squaring my shoulders.
upset, displease, offend, affront, pique, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers;
rub the wrong way, rankle