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Meaning of stinging nettle

sting'ing net'tle

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a bristly, stinging Eurasian nettle, Urtica dioica, naturalized in North America, having forked clusters of greenish flowers, the young foliage sometimes cooked and eaten like spinach by the Scots.
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