- 1A herbaceous plant that has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs.
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- 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.More example sentences
- 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 superiorityMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, irk, gall, vex, anger, exasperate, infuriate, provoke; upset, displease, offend, affront, pique, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers; rub the wrong way, rankle
- 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.
- 2 • archaic Beat or sting (someone) with nettles.More example sentences
- The weeds on either side had been cut during the last few days, otherwise I suspect my legs would have been badly nettled.
- I had to get into the hedge-back to take this and nettled my legs.
Old English netle, netele, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch netel and German Nessel. The verb dates from late Middle English.