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nettle family

the plant family Urticaceae, characterized by herbaceous plants, trees, and shrubs, sometimes covered with stinging hairs, having alternate or opposite simple leaves, clusters of small flowers, and small, dry, seedlike fruit, and including baby's-tears, clearweed, nettles of the genus Urtica, and ramie. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is a colossus of the forest, and belongs to the nettle family.

    My Friends the Savages Giovanni Battista Cerruti
  • This plant resembles ramie and belongs to the nettle family also, but it is without the troublesome resin of the ramie.

    Textiles and Clothing Kate Heintz Watson
  • Ramie is a member of the nettle family and attains a height of from four to eight feet.


    William H. Dooley

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