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hedge nettle

  1. a slender-leafed, hairy plant, Stachys palustris, of the mint family, abundant along roadsides and in fields and marshes, having clusters of tubular, purple flowers on a spike.
  2. any similar, related plant, especially S. hispida, of wet places.
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Origin of hedge nettle

First recorded in 1670–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • Its specific name is a happy one, denoting its resemblance to the Stachys, or hedge-nettle.

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