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[skair-ee-uh s]
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adjective Botany.
  1. thin, dry, and membranous, as certain bracts; chaffy.

Origin of scarious

1800–10; alteration of scariose < New Latin scariōsus < ?; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for scarious

Historical Examples

  • Leaves it has none, just a scarious brown bract that encloses a part of the stem.

    Old Plymouth Trails

    Winthrop Packard

  • Small modified leaves, usually thin and scarious, seen in buds and cones; the flakes into which the outer bark often divides.

    Michigan Trees

    Charles Herbert Otis

  • Other species of Helichrysum and species of allied genera with scarious heads of flowers are also known as “everlastings.”

  • Style, if any, and stigma only one; leaves simple; no scarious bracts around the flowers.

  • Stipules not scarious, leaves palmately cleft or palmately compound.

British Dictionary definitions for scarious


scariose (ˈskɛərɪˌəʊs)

  1. (of plant parts) membranous, dry, and brownish in colourscarious bracts

Word Origin

C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin
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