Pronunciation: (net'l), [key]
—n., v., -tled, -tling.
1. any plant of the genus Urtica, covered with stinging hairs. Cf. nettle family.
2. any of various allied or similar plants.
3. grasp the nettle, Australian.to undertake or tackle an unpleasant task.
1. to irritate, annoy, or provoke.
2. to sting as a nettle does.
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