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Nettle \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 gracilis is common in the Northern, and Urtica cham[ae]dryoides in the Southern, United States. The common European species, Urtica urens and Urtica dioica, are also found in the Eastern united States. Urtica 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 Laportea gigas and Laportea 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.
Same as Hackberry.
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.
Nettle \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.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
stinging plant, Old English netele, from Proto-Germanic *natilon (cognates: Old Saxon netila, Middle Dutch netele, Dutch netel, German Nessel, M.Da. nædlæ "nettle"), diminutive of *naton, perhaps from PIE root *ned- "to twist, knot" (see net (n.)). "[N]ettles or plants of closely related genera such as hemp were used as a source of fiber" [Watkins].
c.1400, "to beat with nettles," from nettle (n.). Figurative sense of "irritate, provoke" is from 1560s. Related: Nettled; nettling.\n\nNettled. Teized, provoked, out of temper. He or she has pissed on a nettle; said of one who is pevish or out of temper.
[Grose, "Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]
n. 1 Any plant, the foliage of which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash. 2 # Especially, most species of herb genus ''Urtica'', the stinging nettles: 3 ## Most, but not all, subspecies of ''Urtica dioica'', 4 ## (taxlink Urtica incisa species noshow=1); 5 # wood nettle ((taxlink Laportea canadensis species noshow=1)); 6 # (vern bull nettle Bull nettle)s and (vern: spurge nettle)s of genus (taxlink Cnidoscolus genus noshow=1): 7 ## (taxlink Cnidoscolus stimulosus species noshow=1), (vern: bull nettle), (vern: spurge nettle), 8 ## (taxlink Cnidoscolus texanus species noshow=1), (vern: Texas bull nettle), 9 ## (taxlink Cnidoscolus urens species noshow=1), (vern: bull nettle), 10 ## (vern nettle tree Nettle trees) or (vern: tree nettle)s: 11 ### Various species of the genus (taxlink Dendrocnide genus noshow=1), 12 ### (taxlink Urera baccifera species noshow=1), 13 ### (taxlink Urtica ferox species noshow=1); 14 # (vern: rock nettle) ((taxlink Eucnide genus noshow=1)); 15 # (vern: small-leaved nettle) ((taxlink Dendrocnide photinophylla species noshow=1)). 16 Certain plants that have spines or prickles: 17 # (vern: ball nettle) ((taxlink Solanum carolinense species noshow=1)); 18 # (taxlink Solanum elaeagnifolium species noshow=1), (vern: bull nettle), (vern: silver-leaf nettle), (vern: white horse-nettle); 19 # (taxlink Solanum dimidiatum species noshow=1), (vern: western horse-nettle), (vern: robust horse-nettle); 20 # (taxlink Solanum rostratum species noshow=1), (vern: horse-nettle); 21 # ''Celtis''. 22 Certain non-stinging plants, mostly in the family Lamiaceae, that resemble the species of ''Urtica'': 23 # (vern: dead nettle), (vern: dumb nettle) (''Lamium''), particularly (taxlink Lamium album species noshow=1), (vern: white nettle); 24 # (vern: false nettle) ((taxlink Boehmeria genus noshow=1), family Urticaceae); 25 # (vern: flame nettle) or (vern: painted nettle) (''Coleus''); 26 # (vern: hedge nettle) (''Stachys''); 27 # (vern: hemp nettle) ((taxlink Galeopsis genus noshow=1)); 28 # (vern: horse nettle) (taxlink Agastache urticifolia species noshow=1), 29 # (vern: nilgiri nettle), (vern: Himalayan giant nettle) ((taxlink Girardinia diversifolia species noshow=1), family Urticaceae). 30 Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea nettle. vb. 1 (context literally English) Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone. 2 (context figuratively English) To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.
v. sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation [syn: urticate]
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves" [syn: annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, gravel, vex, chafe, devil]
n. any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
Nettle refers to any of various plant species.
Nettle or nettles may also refer to:
Nettle is a cryptographic library designed to fit easily in a wide range of toolkits and applications. It began as a collection of low-level cryptography functions from lsh in 2001. Since June 2009 (version 2.0) Nettle is a GNU package.
Usage examples of "nettle".
A crystalline alkaloid which is fatal to frogs in a dose of one centigramme, has been isolated from the common Stinging Nettle.
His attitude toward her verged on the avuncular, and it nettled Julia from time to time.
I opened the gate and prepared to approach it, I found myself concentrating upon the pale bindweed, the dock and nettle, growing up among the broken stones of the path.
There were discarded cans and bottles around me, and it looked as if this entire area had become the dustbin of the neighbourhood: cardboard boxes, pieces of old newspaper, rusted metal, twisted plastic, had been left among the nettles and the pale bindweed as if they too might grow and flourish beneath the sky.
The pollen sacs of the nettles were ripe, and every now and then the vigil would be enlivened by the dehiscence of these, the bursting of the sacs sounding exactly like the crack of a pistol, and the pollen grains as big as buckshot pattered all about them.
This is said to be one of the five bitter herbs ordered to be eaten by the Jews during the Feast of the Passover, the other four being Coriander, Horehound, Lettuce, and Nettle.
Nettle is a good medicine for them that cannot breathe unless they hold their necks upright: and being eaten boiled with periwinkles it makes the body soluble.
Nettle had timed the bust-out to coincide with the empanelment of a brand-new grand jury for Judge Hammit, known as a tough, law-and-order kind of guy who would choose his jury commission carefully.
Mace and Nettle into the din and fumy stench of the first bar along the front.
Miss Lavinia, who is nettled at Verty, and thus is guily of what she is afterwards ashamed of.
He went foraging and soon returned with his hands full of pale, knobbly roots with dark earth and a few sprigs of spite nettle still clinging to them.
Japanese knotweed or nettles, both of which can be destroyed by using a recommended herbicide, available from Jekyll Garden Centres.
She passed the old railway bridge which crossed the run-off: it was pretty in summer, with loosestrife and nettles and long grass.
Ouer the middle bending of the garland, and vnder the proiecture of the lyppe of the vessell, there was fixed and placed the head of an olde man, with his beard and haire of his head transformed into nettle leaues, and out of whose mouth gushed out the water of the fountayne by art continually into the hollownes of the broad vessell vnder this.
This description greatly nettled Goering during an interrogation at Nuremberg on August 2S and 29, 1945.