an allergic skin condition characterized by itching, burning, stinging, and the formation of smooth patches, or wheals, usually red; urticaria
Origin of hivesorigin, originally Scottish dialect, dialectal
plural noun(used with a sing. or pl. verb)
A rash characterized by intensely itching welts, triggered by the release of histamine and caused by an allergic response to any of multiple agents or conditions, including food, drugs, and infections. Also called nettle rash, urticaria.
Origin of hivesOrigin unknown.
- plural form of hive
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of hive