nettle

[ net-l ]
/ ˈnɛt l /

noun

any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs.Compare nettle family.
any of various allied or similar plants.

verb (used with object), net·tled, net·tling.

to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
to sting as a nettle does.

Idioms

    grasp the nettle, Australian. to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.

Origin of nettle

before 900; Middle English; Old English netele (noun); cognate with Dutch netel, German Nessel, Norwegian netla
Related formsnet·tle·like, adjectivenet·tler, nounnet·tly, adjectiveun·net·tled, adjective
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nettle

/ (ˈnɛtəl) /

noun

any weedy plant of the temperate urticaceous genus Urtica, such as U. dioica (stinging nettle), having serrated leaves with stinging hairs and greenish flowers
any of various other urticaceous plants with stinging hairs or spines
any of various plants that resemble urticaceous nettles, such as the dead-nettle, hemp nettle, and horse nettle
grasp the nettle to attempt or approach something with boldness and courage

verb (tr)

to bother; irritate
to sting as a nettle does
Derived Formsnettle-like, adjectivenettly, adjective

Word Origin for nettle

Old English netele; related to Old High German nazza (German Nessel)
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