dead nettle

noun
any of various plants belonging to the genus Lamium, of the mint family, native to the Old World, having opposite leaves and clusters of small reddish or white flowers.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

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dead nettle

noun
1. foul-smelling perennial Eurasiatic herb with a green creeping rhizome [syn: hedge nettle
2. any of various plants of the genus Lamium having clusters of small usually purplish flowers with two lips 
3. coarse bristly Eurasian plant with white or reddish flowers and foliage resembling that of a nettle; common as a weed in United States [syn: hemp nettle
4. a plants of the genus Pilea having drooping green flower clusters and smooth translucent stems and leaves [syn: richweed
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Unlike stinging nettle, which is harder to find in the city, purple dead nettle grows abundantly across the five boroughs.
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