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[ur-ti-key-shuh s]
  1. belonging to the Urticaceae, the nettle family of plants.
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Origin of urticaceous

1830–40; < New Latin Urticace(ae) (Urtic(a) the type genus (Latin urtīca nettle) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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Examples from the Web for urticaceous

Historical Examples

  • Cann′abin, a resin obtained from the plant Cannabis Indica; Cann′abis, a genus of urticaceous plants, yielding bhang.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • It possesses an urticaceous apparatus, which produces an effect similar to the stinging-nettle when applied to the skin.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

British Dictionary definitions for urticaceous


  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Urticaceae, a family of plants, having small flowers and, in many species, stinging hairs: includes the nettles and pellitory
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Word Origin

C18: via New Latin from Latin urtīca nettle, from ūrere to burn
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