Word of the DayTuesday, May 20, 2014
\NET-l\ , verb;
to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
to sting as a nettle does.
any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs. Compare nettle family.
any of various allied or similar plants.
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
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.
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