Meaning of nettle

net•tle

Pronunciation: (net'l), [key]
— n., v., -tled, -tling.
—n.
  1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs. Cf.
  2. any of various allied or similar plants.
  3. to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.
—v.t.
  1. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
  2. to sting as a nettle does.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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