verb (used with object), net·tled, net·tling.
Origin of nettle
Examples from the Web for nettle
On reaching about the same position as to the Nettle, she repeated the experiment with her second torpedo.In the Track of the Troops|R.M. Ballantyne
Shift the cloth every day, till it is proper; then wrap the cheese up to ripen in nettle or vine leaves.The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;|Charlotte Campbell Bury
Linden and nettle are also included in the European lists of the food plants of this species.Butterflies Worth Knowing|Clarence M. Weed
Cœ len te ra' ta, rather simple, sac-like animals with nettle cells in the body walls.A Guide for the Study of Animals|Worrallo Whitney
She was a nettle in which the rustle of the cassock was visible.Les Misrables|Victor Hugo
British Dictionary definitions for nettle
Word Origin for nettle
Word Origin and History for nettle (1 of 2)
stinging plant, Old English netele, from Proto-Germanic *natilon (cf. Old Saxon netila, Middle Dutch netele, Dutch netel, German Nessel, M.Da. nædlæ "nettle"), diminutive of *naton, perhaps from PIE root *ned- "to twist, knot" (see net (n.)). "[N]ettles or plants of closely related genera such as hemp were used as a source of fiber" [Watkins].