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1A form of common nettle, Urtica dioica, or Roman nettle, U. pilulifera, with reddish parts.
2Formerly: †a kind of sea anemone (not identified) (obsolete). Later: (English regional) a kind of jellyfish. Compare "sea-nettle"rare.
Old English; earliest use found in Bald's Leechbook. From red + nettle.
red nettle/ˈrɛd ˌnɛtl/
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