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any of various plants belonging to the genus Lamium, of the mint family, native to the Old World, having opposite leaves and clusters of small reddish or white flowers.
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
Origin of dead nettle
Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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How to use dead nettle in a sentence
A curious dark blue dead-nettle (Dracocephalum speciosum) was found on dry ground at the same altitude.Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921|Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
But the yellow dead–nettle is the most interesting; it gives so useful a lesson in practical botany.Country Rambles, and Manchester Walks and Wild Flowers|Leo H. Grindon
Our common henbit dead-nettle (Lamium amplexicaule) produces cleistogamic flowers, as do also some orchids.Darwinism (1889)|Alfred Russel Wallace
But the nettle here referred to was probably the stingless dead-nettle.Fresh Fields|John Burroughs
Its flowers resemble the scales in colour, and the dead-nettle in shape.The Evolutionist at Large|Grant Allen
British Dictionary definitions for dead nettle
any Eurasian plant of the genus Lamium, such as L. alba (white dead-nettle), having leaves resembling nettles but lacking stinging hairs: family Lamiaceae (labiates)
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