Definition of urticate in English:

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urticate

Pronunciation: /ˈərdəˌkāt/

verb

[no object]
Cause a stinging or prickling sensation like that given by a nettle: (as adjective urticating) the urticating hairs
More example sentences
  • 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
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 (earlier (mid 17th century) as urtication): from medieval Latin urticat- 'stung', from the verb urticare, from Latin urtica (see urticaria).

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Syllabification: ur·ti·cate

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