urtication, urticaria, hives, nettle rash

(noun) an itchy skin eruption characterized by weals with pale interiors and well-defined red margins; usually the result of an allergic response to insect bites or food or drugs

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1


hives pl (plural only)

Itchy, swollen, red areas of the skin which can appear quickly in response to an allergen or due to other conditions.


• urticaria

• nettle-rash

Etymology 2

See hive



plural of hive



Third-person singular simple present indicative form of hive


• Shive, shive

Source: Wiktionary

Hives, n. Etym: [Scot.; perh. akin to E. heave.] (Med.) (a) The croup. (b) An eruptive disease (Varicella globularis), allied to the chicken pox.


Hive, n. Etym: [OE. hive, huve, AS. h.]

1. A box, basket, or other structure, for the reception and habitation of a swarm of honeybees. Dryden.

2. The bees of one hive; a swarm of bees. Shak.

3. A place swarming with busy occupants; a crowd. The hive of Roman liars. Tennyson. Hive bee (Zoöl.), the honeybee.

Hive, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hived; p. pr. & vb. n. Hiving.]

1. To collect into a hive; to place in, or cause to enter, a hive; as, to hive a swarm of bees.

2. To store up in a hive, as honey; hence, to gather and accumulate for future need; to lay up in store. Hiving wisdom with each studious year. Byron.

Hive, v. i.

Definition: To take shelter or lodgings together; to reside in a collective body. Pope.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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