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Irritate at the plant (6)


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'irritate' is the definition.
(I know that irritate can be written as nettle)

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(Other definitions for nettle that I've seen before include "Grasp it firmly and it will not sting" , "Provoke" , "Upset" , "Annoy; common weed" , "Sting or annoy with the plant" .)

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