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April 29, 2008
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Monday, 28th April 2008 : Today's Word is ...

Nettle




( Verb & Noun )



Pronunciation : nétt'l


Past and past participle : nettled
Present participle : nettling
3rd person present singular : nettles


Definition:



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.


Etymology:


Old English netele - Indo-European - to tie


Synonyms:


aggravate, annoy, bother, bug, chafe, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall2, get, irk, irritate, peeve, provoke


Antonyms:


appease, mollify, please



Contextual Examples:


• 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.


Related Words:


• nettlelike : Adjective

• nettler : Noun

• nettly : Adjective




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