urticaceous [ur-ti-key-shuh s] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- 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.
It possesses an urticaceous apparatus, which produces an effect similar to the stinging-nettle when applied to the skin.
British Dictionary definitions for urticaceous urticaceous adjective
- 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