Definition of stinging nettle in English:

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stinging nettle

Pronunciation: /ˈˌstiNGiNG ˈˌnedl/


A Eurasian nettle covered in minute hairs that inject irritants when they are touched. These include histamine, which causes itching, and acetylcholine, which causes a burning sensation.
  • Genus Urtica, family Urticaceae: several species, in particular U. dioica, well established in North America
Example sentences
  • In his pasture, edible weeds like dandelion, chicory, quack grass and even stinging nettles are allowed to thrive.
  • Milkweed provides food for monarch butterfly larvae and stinging nettles host caterpillars of the red admiral butterfly.
  • The creation of the road, however, has made an opening for other kinds of plants, including fescue, bent grasses, myriad leaf, a stinging nettle, western dock, and the colorful fireweed.
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