Definition of urticate in English:



[no object]
  • Cause a stinging or prickling sensation like that given by a nettle.

    ‘the spines do not urticate, but look like they should’
    • ‘As with other Vitallius, this species can be very nervous and will readily flick urticating hairs.’
    • ‘If you are sensitive to the urticating hairs, then I do not recommend this handling method for you.’
    • ‘These hairs retain their urticating properties long after the caterpillars have pupated.’
    • ‘If you frequently have a reaction to the urticating hair of your pet tarantula I suggest wearing rubber dish washing gloves when working in your pet's habitat.’
    • ‘The hairs can be shed or inserted by direct contact with potential predators by rubbing the region with urticating hairs.’
    • ‘By the time I found it, all it's urticating hairs were embedded in my skin.’
    • ‘Knowledge that some larvae possess urticating structures should not generate undue fear of caterpillars.’
    • ‘Interspersed among the body hairs are numerous, yellowish, lack-tipped urticating hairs.’
    • ‘The symptoms are similar to those caused by the urticating hairs of bird spiders.’
    • ‘Tarantulas also use urticating hairs to establish their territories, and also for making the cocoon.’
    • ‘This is due to the fact that they like to line their burrows out with their urticating hairs.’
    • ‘These fine hairs are barbed, and designed to urticate, but do not contain venom.’
    • ‘To date no evidence has been found to suggest that urticating setae possess any chemical irritants.’
    • ‘The lesions blanched with diascopy but did not urticate, blister, or itch after a brisk stroke.’
    • ‘Over half of these patients will have ‘freckles’ that urticate on stroking.’
    prick, wound, injure, hurt
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Mid 19th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as urtication): from medieval Latin urticat- ‘stung’, from the verb urticare, from Latin urtica (see urticaria).