[ ur-ti-key-shuh s ]
/ ˌɜr tɪˈkeɪ ʃəs /


belonging to the Urticaceae, the nettle family of plants.
Compare nettle family.

Origin of urticaceous

1830–40; < New Latin Urticace(ae) (Urtic(a) the type genus (Latin urtīca nettle) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous
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/ (ˌɜːtɪˈkeɪʃəs) /


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

Word Origin for urticaceous

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