Middle English Dictionary Entry

netle n.
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(a) A plant of the genus Urtica, a nettle; dokke ~ [see dokke n. 3.]; Grekish ~ [see Grekish 1. (a)]; (b) fig. a sin or vice; an enemy; (c) ~ sed, nettle seed; ~ bush, ~ crop; (d) in proverbs and prov. expressions; ~ in, dokke out, a refrain accompanying a game.
In combs.: a plant of the genus Lamium; blind ~, Lamium album [see blind adj. 5. (a)]; ded ~ [see ded adj. 8.]; def ~ [see def 3. (a) and archangel n.(2)]; red ~, Lamium purpureum.
One of various other plants: ?horehound, ?bastard saffron, ?thistle.
(a) In surnames; (b) in place names [see Smith PNElem. 2.50].