Definition of stinging nettle in English:

stinging nettle


  • A Eurasian nettle covered in minute hairs that inject irritants such as histamine and acetylcholine when they are touched.

    • ‘As they pushed through a tangle of stinging nettles and brambles, they made sure to keep heading in the right direction.’
    • ‘The herb stinging nettle is believed to slow your body's production of the inflammatory chemical histamine, but without dry mouth and the other side effects of prescription antihistamines.’
    • ‘The roots of the stinging nettle contain a complex mixture of water and alcohol-soluble compounds including lectins, phenols, sterols, and lignans.’
    • ‘A further deterrent is the prevalence of wood nettle and stinging nettle, which have acid-tipped hairs on their stems and leaves.’
    • ‘In his pasture, edible weeds like dandelion, chicory, quack grass and even stinging nettles are allowed to thrive.’
    • ‘If you are looking for something a little more DIY, go to a health-food store that offers bulk herbs, get some chickweed, stinging nettle and calendula, and brew yourself up a tea.’
    • ‘I do not suffer from those conditions, but years ago we carefully picked wild stinging nettles with clippers, dropping the nettles into a large paper sack.’
    • ‘Then there is quintessential British cuisine, like beans on toast, roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, and other things which seem exclusive only to the UK, such as stinging nettles and drizzly Sundays.’
    • ‘The creation of the road, however, has made an opening for other kinds of plants, including fescue, bent grasses, myriad leaf, a stinging nettle, western dock, and the colorful fireweed.’
    • ‘At least there I don't have to dodge overgrown thorn bushes and stinging nettles.’
    • ‘There was a patch of stinging nettles and she wouldn't go through them.’
    • ‘I have circumvented a nasty patch of stinging nettles.’
    • ‘There are several big holes in the grassy area around the playground, large stinging nettles and thistles, loose nuts and bolts on the park's railings and uneven ground.’
    • ‘Milkweed provides food for monarch butterfly larvae and stinging nettles host caterpillars of the red admiral butterfly.’
    • ‘This one makes for easy drinking despite the crushed stinging nettle and bramble flavours.’
    • ‘Waist-high weeds including stinging nettles line the track and reeds grow beside the row of trees, suggesting a murky dark line of water lies beneath them.’
    • ‘I heard that stinging nettles could be used to help palsy, and thought immediately of her.’
    • ‘Most people are aware of the blood cleansing properties of the stinging nettle, but apparently it's not advised for inclusion in the diet of anyone with blood pressure problems or anyone suffering from diabetes.’
    • ‘For example, the caterpillar of the small tortoiseshell butterfly will eat only stinging nettles, white admirals feed solely upon honeysuckle, and goldfinches eat only seed.’
    • ‘Those edible ‘weeds’ include chickweed, lambs quarters and stinging nettles.’


stinging nettle

/ˈstɪŋɪŋ ˌnɛt(ə)l/