Nettle rash

Nettle Net"tle, n. [AS. netele; akin to D. netel, G. nessel, OHG. nezz["i]la, nazza, Dan. nelde, n["a]lde, Sw. n["a]ssla; cf, Lith. notere.] (Bot.) A plant of the genus {Urtica}, covered with minute sharp hairs containing a poison that produces a stinging sensation. {Urtica gracilis} is common in the Northern, and {Urtica cham[ae]dryoides} in the Southern, United States. The common European species, {Urtica urens} and {Urtica dioica}, are also found in the Eastern united States. {Urtica pilulifera} is the Roman nettle of England. [1913 Webster]

Note: The term nettle has been given to many plants related to, or to some way resembling, the true nettle; as:

{Australian nettle}, a stinging tree or shrub of the genus {Laportea} (as {Laportea gigas} and {Laportea moroides}); -- also called {nettle tree}.

{Bee nettle}, {Hemp nettle}, a species of {Galeopsis}. See under {Hemp}.

{Blind nettle}, {Dead nettle}, a harmless species of {Lamium}.

{False nettle} ({B[ae]hmeria cylindrica}), a plant common in the United States, and related to the true nettles.

{Hedge nettle}, a species of {Stachys}. See under {Hedge}.

{Horse nettle} ({Solanum Carolinense}). See under {Horse}.

{nettle tree}. (a) Same as {Hackberry}. (b) See {Australian nettle} (above).

{Spurge nettle}, a stinging American herb of the Spurge family ({Jatropha urens}).

{Wood nettle}, a plant ({Laportea Canadensis}) which stings severely, and is related to the true nettles. [1913 Webster]

{Nettle cloth}, a kind of thick cotton stuff, japanned, and used as a substitute for leather for various purposes.

{Nettle rash} (Med.), an eruptive disease resembling the effects of whipping with nettles.

{Sea nettle} (Zo["o]l.), a medusa. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Nettle rash — Rash Rash, n. [OF. rasche an eruption, scurf, F. rache; fr. (assumed) LL. rasicare to scratch, fr. L. radere, rasum, to scrape, scratch, shave. See {Rase}, and cf. {Rascal}.] (Med.) A fine eruption or efflorescence on the body, with little or no… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nettle rash — n an eruption on the skin caused by or resembling the condition produced by stinging with nettles: HIVES * * * see urticaria * * * urticaria in domestic animals as an allergic reaction to nettles …   Medical dictionary

  • nettle rash — n [U and C] BrE a medical condition that causes areas of red spots on your skin …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nettle rash — nettle ,rash noun uncount a medical condition that causes large red spots on your skin for a short time …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • nettle rash — n. HIVES …   English World dictionary

  • nettle rash — noun an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs • Syn: ↑urtication, ↑urticaria, ↑hives • Hypernyms: ↑rash, ↑roseola,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • nettle rash — net′tle rash n. pat hives caused by contact with various plants …   From formal English to slang

  • nettle rash — /ˈnɛtl ræʃ/ (say netl rash) noun urticaria caused by contact with various plants causing local irritation …   Australian English dictionary

  • nettle rash — noun Date: 1740 hives …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nettle rash — Pathol. urticaria resulting from contact with various plants causing local irritation. [1730 40] * * * …   Universalium

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