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Meaning of NETTLE

Pronunciation:  'netl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of numerous plants having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation on contact (especially of the genus Urtica or family Urticaceae)
  2. [v]  goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
  3. [v]  cause annoyance in; disturb, esp. by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"

NETTLE is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: annoy, bother, chafe, devil, get at, get to, goad, gravel, irritate, nark, needle, rag, rile, vex
 See Also: antagonise, antagonize, artillery plant, beset, beset, chevvy, chevvy, chevy, chevy, chivvy, chivvy, chivy, chivy, clearweed, dead nettle, displease, eat into, fret, friendship plant, get, grate, harass, harass, harry, harry, hassle, hassle, Laportea canadensis, molest, molest, panamica, panamiga, peeve, Pilea involucrata, Pilea microphylla, Pilea pumilla, plague, plague, provoke, provoke, rankle, richweed, Roman nettle, ruffle, stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, Urtica pipulifera, weed, wood nettle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Net"tle\, n. [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel,
    OHG. nezz["i]la, nazza, Dan. nelde, n["a]lde, Sw. n["a]ssla;
    cf, Lith. notere.] (Bot.)
    A plant of the genus {Urtica}, covered with minute sharp
    hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation.
    {Urtica gracitis} is common in the Northern, and {U.
    cham[ae]dryoides} in the Southern, United States. the common
    European species, {U. urens} and {U. dioica}, are also found
    in the Eastern united States. {U. pilulifera} is the Roman
    nettle of England.
    Note: The term nettle has been given to many plants related
          to, or to some way resembling, the true nettle; as:
    {Australian nettle}, a stinging tree or shrub of the genus
       {Laportea} (as {L. gigas} and {L. moroides}); -- also
       called {nettle tree}.
    {Bee nettle}, {Hemp nettle}, a species of {Galeopsis}. See
       under {Hemp}.
    {Blind nettle}, {Dead nettle}, a harmless species of
    {False nettle} ({B[ae]hmeria cylindrica}), a plant common in
       the United States, and related to the true nettles.
    {Hedge nettle}, a species of {Stachys}. See under {Hedge}.
    {Horse nettle} ({Solanum Carolinense}). See under {Horse}.
    {nettle tree}.
    (a) Same as {Hackberry}.
    (b) See {Australian nettle} (above).
    {Spurge nettle}, a stinging American herb of the Spurge
       family ({Jatropha urens}).
    {Wood nettle}, a plant ({Laportea Canadensis}) which stings
       severely, and is related to the true nettles.
    {Nettle cloth}, a kind of thick cotton stuff, japanned, and
       used as a substitute for leather for various purposes.
    {Nettle rash} (Med.), an eruptive disease resembling the
       effects of whipping with nettles.
    {Sea nettle} (Zo["o]l.), a medusa.
  2. \Net"tle\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Nettled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To fret or sting; to irritate or vex; to cause to experience
    sensations of displeasure or uneasiness not amounting to
    violent anger.
          The princes were so nettled at the scandal of this
          affront, that every man took it to himself.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you walk among nettles without being stung means prosperity for you you. Dreaming that you walk among nettles and get sting means discontentment and unhappiness for you and others around you. For a young woman to dream that she is passing through nettles, foretells that she will have many marriage proposals by different men.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Heb. haral, "pricking" or "burning," Prov. 24:30, 31 (R.V. marg., "wild vetches"); Job 30:7; Zeph. 2:9. Many have supposed that some thorny or prickly plant is intended by this word, such as the bramble, the thistle, the wild plum, the cactus or prickly pear, etc. It may probably be a species of mustard, the Sinapis arvensis, which is a pernicious weed abounding in corn-fields. Tristram thinks that this word "designates the prickly acanthus (Acanthus spinosus), a very common and troublesome weed in the plains of Palestine."

(2.) Heb. qimmosh, Isa. 34:13; Hos. 9:6; Prov. 24:31 (in both versions, "thorns"). This word has been regarded as denoting thorns, thistles, wild camomile; but probably it is correctly rendered "nettle," the Urtica pilulifera, "a tall and vigorous plant, often 6 feet high, the sting of which is much more severe and irritating than that of our common nettle."

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