- to sting with or as if with nettles.
- to whip with or as if with nettles, especially so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash.
- to sting in the manner of a nettle.
Origin of urticate
1835–45; < Medieval Latin urtīcātus (past participle of urtīcāre to sting), equivalent to Latin urtīc(a) nettle + -ātus -ate1
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- Also: urticant (ˈɜːtɪkənt) characterized by the presence of weals
- to perform urtication
C19: from Medieval Latin urtīcāre to sting, from Latin urtīca a nettle
- To undergo urtication.
- Characterized by the presence of urticaria.