- 1A herbaceous plant which 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 other plants with leaves of a similar appearance to those of the 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 only asking,’ Jess said, nettledMore example sentences
irritate, annoy, irk, gall, vex, anger, exasperate, infuriate, bother, provoke; upset, displease, offend, affront, get/put someone's back up, disgruntle, rankle with, pique, needle, ruffle, get on someone's nerves, try someone's patience, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles, chafe; British rub up the wrong way; North American rankle, ride, gravel• informal peeve, aggravate, miff, rile, get, get to, bug, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, hack off, get someone's goat, drive up the wallBritish • informal nark, get on someone's wick, give someone the hump, wind up, get across someoneNorth American • informal tick off• vulgar slang piss offBritish • vulgar slang get on someone's tits• rare exacerbate, hump, raspirritated, annoyed, cross, put out, irked, galled, vexed, exasperated, infuriated; upset, displeased, offended, affronted, disgruntled, piqued, aggrieved, stung, huffy, in a huffNorth American • informal teed off, ticked off, soreWest Indian • informal vex• vulgar slang pissed off• archaic snuffy
- 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 Sting 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.
grasp the nettle
- see grasp.
Old English netle, netele, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch netel and German Nessel. The verb dates from late Middle English.