Definitions for: Nettle


[n] any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
[v] goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
[v] cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"



Webster (1913) Definition: Net"tle, n. [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel,
OHG. nezz["i]la, nazza, Dan. nelde, n["a]lde, Sw. n["a]ssla;
cf, Lith. notere.] (Bot.)
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.
cham[ae]dryoides} 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.

Note: The term nettle has been given to many plants related
to, or to some way resembling, the true nettle; as:

Australian nettle, a stinging tree or shrub of the genus
Laportea (as L. gigas and L. moroides); -- also
called nettle tree.

Bee nettle, Hemp nettle, a species of Galeopsis. See
under Hemp.

Blind nettle, Dead nettle, a harmless species of
Lamium.

False nettle (B[ae]hmeria cylindrica), a plant common in
the United States, and related to the true nettles.

Hedge nettle, a species of Stachys. See under Hedge.

Horse nettle (Solanum Carolinense). See under Horse.

nettle tree.
(a) Same as Hackberry.
(b) See Australian nettle (above).

Spurge nettle, a stinging American herb of the Spurge
family (Jatropha urens).

Wood nettle, a plant (Laportea Canadensis) which stings
severely, and is related to the true nettles.

Nettle cloth, a kind of thick cotton stuff, japanned, and
used as a substitute for leather for various purposes.

Nettle rash (Med.), an eruptive disease resembling the
effects of whipping with nettles.

Sea nettle (Zo["o]l.), a medusa.


Net"tle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Nettled; p. pr. & vb. n.
Nettling.]
To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience
sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to
violent anger.

The princes were so nettled at the scandal of this
affront, that every man took it to himself.
--L'Estrange.

Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, goad, gravel, irritate, nark, needle, rag, rile, vex

See Also: antagonise, antagonize, artillery plant, beset, beset, chevvy, chevvy, chevy, chevy, chivvy, chivvy, chivy, chivy, clearweed, dead nettle, displease, eat into, fret, friendship plant, get, grate, harass, harass, harry, harry, hassle, hassle, Laportea canadensis, molest, molest, panamica, panamiga, peeve, Pilea involucrata, Pilea microphylla, Pilea pumilla, plague, plague, provoke, provoke, rankle, richweed, Roman nettle, ruffle, stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, Urtica pipulifera, weed, wood nettle

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