Definition of nettle:
- A plant of the genus Urtica, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation. Urtica gracitis is common in the Northern, and U. chamaedryoides in the Southern, United States. the common European species, U. urens and U. dioica, are also found in the Eastern united States. U. pilulifera is the Roman nettle of England.
- To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to violent anger.
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- "Somehow Good", William de Morgan.
This year has been remarkable for two plants so far, a sort of varnished green ground- weed, with a small white flower, and a dull crimson dead- nettle; both of them have covered the ground in places in huge patches.- "The Silent Isle", Arthur Christopher Benson.
We picked up the hat and the scull in one of the little muddy bays of our brown river, forming an amphitheatre for water- rats and draped with great dockleaves, nettle- flowers, ragged robins, and other weeds for which the learned young lady gave the botanical names.- "The Short Works of George Meredith", George Meredith Last Updated: March 7, 2009.