1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs.Compare nettle family.
2. any of various allied or similar plants. verb (used with object), nettled, nettling.
3. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
4. to sting as a nettle does. Idioms
5. grasp the nettle, Australian. to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.
"woodlands can be nettle."
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