stinging nettle

noun
a bristly, stinging Eurasian nettle, Urtica dioica, naturalized in North America, having forked clusters of greenish flowers, the young foliage sometimes cooked and eaten like spinach by the Scots.

Origin:
1515–25

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stinging nettle
 
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See nettle

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Example sentences
Unlike stinging nettle, which is harder to find in the city, purple dead nettle
  grows abundantly across the five boroughs.
They were making their way down a hillside, eating stinging nettle and wild
  celery as they went.
Identifying and managing stinging nettle caterpillars.
However, this treatment may not work for everyone and is more successful with
  stinging nettle irritation.
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