urticaceous [ur-ti-key-shuh s] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. belonging to the Urticaceae, the nettle family of plants.

Compare nettle family. Origin of urticaceous 1830–40; New Latin Urticace(ae) (Urtic(a) the type genus (Latin urtīca nettle) + -aceae -aceae) + -ous Examples from the Web for urticaceous Historical Examples of urticaceous

  • Cann′abin, a resin obtained from the plant Cannabis Indica; Cann′abis, a genus of urticaceous plants, yielding bhang.

    Chambers’s Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)


  • It possesses an urticaceous apparatus, which produces an effect similar to the stinging-nettle when applied to the skin.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • British Dictionary definitions for urticaceous urticaceous adjective

    1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Urticaceae, a family of plants, having small flowers and, in many species, stinging hairs: includes the nettles and pellitory

    Word Origin for urticaceous C18: via New Latin from Latin urtīca nettle, from ūrere to burn

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