Definition of urticate in English:

urticate

Syllabification: ur·ti·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈərtiˌkāt
 
/

verb

[no object]
  • Cause a stinging or prickling sensation like that given by a nettle: (as adjective urticating) the urticating hairs
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    • The hairs can be shed or inserted by direct contact with potential predators by rubbing the region with urticating hairs.
    • By the time I found it, all it's urticating hairs were embedded in my skin.
    • Tarantulas also use urticating hairs to establish their territories, and also for making the cocoon.

Derivatives

urtication

Pronunciation: /ˌərtiˈkāSHən/
noun
More example sentences
  • Roman soldiers used urtication, or external stinging, to relieve the pain of arthritis.
  • In some but not all patients this was accompanied by diminution of urtication in response to cooling.
  • The exact scientific mechanism by which urtication works is still unclear.

Origin

mid 19th century: from medieval Latin urticat- 'stung', from the verb urticare, from Latin urtica (see urticaria).

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