stinging nettle

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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. sting,
  2. stingaree,
  3. stinger,
  4. stinging capsule,
  5. stinging hair,
  6. stinging tree,
  7. stingless bee,
  8. stingo,
  9. stingray,
  10. stingy

Origin of stinging nettle

First recorded in 1515–25

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stinging nettle

noun

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