A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash. (noun)
The non-stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae. (noun)
Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle. (noun)
Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone. (verb)
To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone. (verb)
Examples of word nettle
He will make over to the ignominy of ignorant and barbaric ages, -- 'for we call a nettle but a nettle,' he will turn into a forgotten pageant of the rude, early, instinctive ages, the yet brutal ages of an undeveloped humanity, that triumphant reception at home, of the Conqueror of Foreign States.
Naturalist we are told, that these names are omitted, 'for we call a nettle but a nettle, and the faults of fools their folly,' -- that exclusive good he finds both passive and active, and this also is one of those primary distinctions which 'is formed in all things,' and so too is the _subdivision_ of passive good which follows.
a monkey, poison to a nettle, and folly to a fool, they called a nettle
We need to be very transparent, and very clear that this cannot continue, but at the same time grasp a very difficult political nettle, which is to address the problem of pay at the senior levels of the Civil Service.
I've also been looking to include more raw garlic in my diet as I've been fighting off a few infections so I hit on the idea of nettle pesto.