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any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
nettle, urticate (verb)
sting with or as with nettles and cause a stinging pain or sensation
annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil (verb)
cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations
"Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
A herb of the genus Urtica, which is covered with stinging, mildly poisonous hairs, causing an instant rash.
The non-stinging plant deadnettle, also in the nettle family, Urticaceae (named after the above).
Loosely, anything which causes a similarly stinging rash, such as a jellyfish or sea-nettle.
Of the nettle plant and similar physical causes, to sting causing a rash in someone.
To pique, irritate, vex or provoke someone.
Nettles constitute between twenty-four and thirty-nine species of flowering plants of the genus Urtica in the family Urticaceae, with a cosmopolitan though mainly temperate distribution. They are mostly herbaceous perennial plants, but some are annual and a few are shrubby. Most of the species have stinging hairs on the stems and leaves. The most prominent member of the genus is the stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. The genus also contains a number of other species with similar properties, listed below. However, a large number of species included within this genus in the older literature are now recognized as synonyms of Urtica dioica. Some of these taxa are still recognized as subspecies. Urtica nettles are food for the caterpillars of numerous Lepidoptera, such as the tortrix moth Syricoris lacunana and several Nymphalidae, such as Vanessa atalanta, one of the Red Admiral butterflies.