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nettle

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1  —as in:
beware of nettles near the river
Definition a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
  • I ran into some stinging nettles.
nettles = a type of plant that has fine irritating hairs
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Stay on the trail in that area to avoid nettles and ticks.
  • nettles = plants with stinging or irritating hairs
  • Then, using the loader, he lowered a thousand-gallon tank into the pit and buried it with a shovel, carefully planting nettles and sow thistle in the freshly tossed dirt so they would grow and conceal the tank.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • nettles = plants with stinging or irritating hairs
  • Half an hour later, cold, and moving carefully on the tracks, fully aware of his entire body, his face, his mouth, his eyes stuffed with blackness, his ears stuffed with sound, his legs prickled with burrs and nettles, he saw the fire ahead.
    Ray Bradbury  --  Fahrenheit 451
  • nettles = irritating hairs from certain  types of plants
  • Nettles make the best greens, but have little tiny hairs on them that sting you all over when you're picking.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
  • He swept around in his long black cloak, watching them weigh dried nettles and crush snake fangs,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
  • The worst time was July—then they shredded nettles into the pot.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
  • There were just nettles and thistles and weeds and half-bricks and lumps of stone.
    David Almond  --  Skellig
  • nettles = a type of plant that often has fine irritating hairs
  •   ...wine,
      Three of us are killers, waiting bidden in line.
      Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore,
      To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four:
      First, however slyly the poison tries to hide
      You will always find some on nettle wine's left side;
      Second, different are those who stand at either end,
      But if you would move onward, neither is your friend;
      Third, as you see clearly, all are different size,
      Neither dwarf nor giant holds death in their...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  •   ...to read it:
      Danger lies before you, while safety lies behind,
      Two of us will help you, which ever you would find,
      One among us seven will let you move ahead,
      Another will transport the drinker back instead,
      Two among our number hold only nettle wine,
      Three of us are killers, waiting bidden in line.
      Choose, unless you wish to stay here forevermore,
      To help you in your choice, we give you these clues four:
      First, however slyly the poison tries to hide
      You will always find some...
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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2  —as in:
my nettlesome little sister
Definition to annoy — especially with minor irritations
  • Her superior attitude really nettles me.
nettles = annoys — especially with minor irritations
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • "Well, then, to end the matter at once," said Goodman Brown, considerably nettled, "there is my wife, Faith."
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • nettled = annoyed
  • He had been nettled all day, and now at this he rose with a half-smothered oath, took his hat and cane, and walked straight to the schoolhouse.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Mr Rugg, without concealing that he was nettled and mortified, replied: 'Oh!
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • JUDGE (Nettled) Well, sir?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Being decidedly nettled herself, and longing to see him shake off the apathy that so altered him, Amy sharpened both tongue and pencil, and began.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • Eleanor laughed in spite of being half nettled.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • "Did I ever hear him!" said the invalid, nettled.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • Kim hurried to his carriage: elated, bewildered, but a little nettled in that he had no key to the secrets about him.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • 'Bah!' he whispered, as though nettled by the interruption; 'it's the man I expected before; he's coming downstairs.
    Charles Dickens  --  Oliver Twist

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