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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Definitions for nettle

  1. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
  2. to sting as a nettle does.
  3. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs. Compare nettle family.

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Citations for nettle
The high and lofty airs of these patricians always nettled him. Hopkinson Smith, "The Fortunes of Oliver Horn," Scribner's Magazine, 1902
Kennedy was so nettled by Halberstam's dispatches… that the president was still seeking, just a week before the November 1963 coup, to have Halberstam transferred away from Saigon. Francis X. Winters, The Year of the Hare: America in Vietnam, 1999
Origin of nettle
900
Nettle may share a base with the word net, a connection that can be traced to the use of the fiber of the nettle plant for weaving.