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stinging nettle

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.
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1515-25 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stinging nettle
  • 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.
  • Along seasonal and year-round creeks, willow and sycamore woodlands have understories of wild rose, stinging nettle and mule fat.
British Dictionary definitions for stinging nettle

stinging nettle

See nettle (sense 1)
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