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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.
Origin of stinging nettle
1515-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The stinging-nettle crops up in every bed of flowers we raise; the bitter tonic flavours all we eat and drink.

  • It lives in solitude on the stinging-nettle (Urtica dioica).

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • And neither thistle nor stinging-nettle would recognize the stranger.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • I might compare it with the sensation produced by the stinging-nettle.

    More Hunting Wasps J. Henri Fabre
  • All the party enjoyed the ride, except poor Hector, who complained bitterly of the pain he suffered from the stinging-nettle.

    The Young Berringtons W.H.G. Kingston
  • It possesses an urticaceous apparatus, which produces an effect similar to the stinging-nettle when applied to the skin.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for stinging-nettle

stinging nettle

See nettle (sense 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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