intransitive verb (-cated; -cating) Etymology: Medieval Latin urticatus, past participle of urticare to sting, from Latin urtica Date: 1843 to produce wheals or itching; especially to induce hives • urtication noun

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  • Urticate — Ur ti*cate, v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Urticated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Urticating}.] To sting with, or as with, nettles; to irritate; to annoy. G. A. Sala. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • urticate — [ʉrt′ə kāt΄] vt., vi. urticated, urticating [< ML urticatus, pp. of urticare, to sting < L urtica, a nettle, prob. < urere, to burn: see UREDO] to sting with or as with nettles …   English World dictionary

  • urticate — v. [L. urtica, nettle] To sting or burn. urtication n; see nematocyst …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • urticate — /err ti kayt /, v., urticated, urticating. v.t. 1. to sting with or as if with nettles. 2. to whip with or as if with nettles, esp. so as to produce a stinging sensation; flog; lash. v.i. 3. to sting in the manner of a nettle. [1835 45; < ML… …   Universalium

  • urticate — verb To have or produce a stinging sensation, as of nettles …   Wiktionary

  • urticate — 1. To perform urtication. 2. Marked by the presence of wheals. [L. urticatus] * * * ur·ti·cate ərt ə .kāt vi, cat·ed; cat·ing to produce wheals or itching esp to induce hives ur·ti·ca·tion .ərt ə kā shən n * * * ur·ti·cate (urґtĭ kāt) 1 …   Medical dictionary

  • urticate — v. sting, stick (as with nettles); beat, whip; tease, provoke; cause to be infected with hives …   English contemporary dictionary

  • urticate — [ ə:tɪkeɪt] verb sting or prickle like a burn from a nettle. Derivatives urtication noun Origin C19 (earlier (C17) as urtication): from med. L. urticat , urticare to sting , from L. urtica (see urticaria) …   English new terms dictionary

  • urticate — ur·ti·cate …   English syllables

  • urticate — ur•ti•cate [[t]ˈɜr tɪˌkeɪt[/t]] v. i. cat•ed, cat•ing pat (of skin) to erupt with hives • Etymology: 1835–45; < ML urtīcātus, ptp. of urtīcāre to sting, der. of L urtīca nettle ur ti•ca′tion, n …   From formal English to slang

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