Monday, 28th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb & Noun )
Pronunciation : nétt'l
Past and past participle : nettled
Present participle : nettling
3rd person present singular : nettles
1. a wild plant with serrated-edged leaves covered with fine hairs or spines that sting when touched. Native to: found worldwide. Genus Urtica.
2. a wild plant with serrated leaves like a stinging nettle, but without the stinging hairs, especially a dead nettle. Native to: northern temperate regions. Genus Lamium.
3. to irritate or annoy somebody ( informal )
4. to sting somebody with a nettle leaf
NOTE : The young leaves of the stinging nettle Urtica dioica can be cooked as a vegetable and used to make nettle beer. The common name nettle is taken from the Anglo-Saxon word noedl meaning needle.
Old English netele - Indo-European - to tie
aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, irritate, peeve, provoke
appease, mollify, please
Her loud singing of television commercials soon began to nettle him.
The sensation was as bad as that from a nettle, but more like that caused by the Physalia or Portuguese man-of-war.
Then he shot the arrow and fell back and would have died, but he lit on a nettle and sprang up too gaily for a corpse.
nettlelike : Adjective
nettler : Noun
nettly : Adjective
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