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scabious1

[skey-bee-uh s] /ˈskeɪ bi əs/
adjective
1.
covered with or consisting of scabs; scabby.
2.
pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.
Origin of scabious1
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; scabi(es) + -ous

scabious2

[skey-bee-uh s] /ˈskeɪ bi əs/
noun
1.
Also called pincushion flower. any of various plants belonging to the genus Scabiosa, of the teasel family, having opposite leaves and often showy flower heads in a variety of colors.
2.
any of various similar or related plants.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English scabiose < Medieval Latin scabiōsa (herba) scabies-curing (herb); see scabies, -ous
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Historical Examples
  • The scabious, or Devils bit, was regarded with great superstition.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The scabious meant "sorrow and desolation," and the forget-me-not "Do not forget me."

    The Prussian Terror Alexandre Dumas
  • "There is nothing for it but to die," said the sheep's-scabious.

  • The grass was all but hidden under a blue blur of scabious, and the cobwebs in the hedges were elaborately studded with dew-drops.

    Lives of the Fur Folk M. D. Haviland
  • In some of the species of scabious, the florets of the outer ring resemble those of the ray in flowers of the Composit.

    Botany for Ladies Jane Loudon
  • When she complained of not being well, the sheep's-scabious and the bell-flower said that it was just the same with them.

  • "And I understand that it is all up with a poor sheep's-scabious," said the sheep's-scabious and died then and there.

  • The field is full of blue scabious plants, Wild Parsley and tall grass—getting brown now in the sun.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • Bees hummed among the scabious, and blue and sulphur butterflies hovered over the patches of wild thyme.

    The Story of Louie Oliver Onions
  • Whether this plant be a scabious, Thrift or Helichrysum is hard to judge from the imperfect flower of the dried specimen.

    A Voyage to New Holland William Dampier
British Dictionary definitions for scabious

scabious1

/ˈskeɪbɪəs/
adjective
1.
having or covered with scabs
2.
of, relating to, or resembling scabies
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

scabious2

/ˈskeɪbɪəs/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Scabiosa, esp S. atropurpurea, of the Mediterranean region, having blue, red, or whitish dome-shaped flower heads: family Dipsacaceae
2.
any of various similar plants of the related genus Knautia
3.
devil's bit scabious, a similar and related Eurasian marsh plant, Succisa pratensis
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies
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scabious in Medicine

scabious sca·bi·ous1 (skā'bē-əs, skāb'ē-)
adj.
Of or relating to scabies.

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