- a bristly, stinging Eurasian nettle, Urtica dioica, naturalized in North America, having forked clusters of greenish flowers, the young foliage sometimes cooked and eaten like spinach by the Scots.
Origin of stinging nettle
First recorded in 1515–25
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Examples from the Web for stinging nettle
It lives in solitude on the stinging-nettle (Urtica dioica).The Insect World
I might compare it with the sensation produced by the stinging-nettle.More Hunting Wasps
J. Henri Fabre
All the party enjoyed the ride, except poor Hector, who complained bitterly of the pain he suffered from the stinging-nettle.The Young Berringtons
It possesses an urticaceous apparatus, which produces an effect similar to the stinging-nettle when applied to the skin.The Ocean World:
The stinging-nettle crops up in every bed of flowers we raise; the bitter tonic flavours all we eat and drink.M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."
- See nettle (def. 1)
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