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dead nettle

  1. 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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Origin of dead nettle

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400
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  • Its flowers resemble the scales in colour, and the dead-nettle in shape.

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British Dictionary definitions for dead-nettle


  1. 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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