World English Dictionary
nettle (ˈnɛtəl)
1.  any weedy plant of the temperate urticaceous genus Urtica, such as U. dioica (stinging nettle), having serrated leaves with stinging hairs and greenish flowers
2.  any of various other urticaceous plants with stinging hairs or spines
3.  any of various plants that resemble urticaceous nettles, such as the dead-nettle, hemp nettle, and horse nettle
4.  grasp the nettle to attempt or approach something with boldness and courage
5.  to bother; irritate
6.  to sting as a nettle does
[Old English netele; related to Old High German nazza (German Nessel)]

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