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scabious

1

[ skey-bee-uhs ]

adjective

  1. covered with or consisting of scabs; scabby.
  2. pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.


scabious

2

[ skey-bee-uhs ]

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.

scabious

1

/ 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
    devil's bit scabious a similar and related Eurasian marsh plant, Succisa pratensis


scabious

2

/ ˈskeɪbɪəs /

adjective

  1. having or covered with scabs
  2. of, relating to, or resembling scabies

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scabious1

First recorded in 1595–1605; scabi(es) + -ous

Origin of scabious2

1350–1400; Middle English scabiose < Medieval Latin scabiōsa ( herba ) scabies-curing (herb); scabies, -ous

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Word History and Origins

Origin of scabious1

C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies

Origin of scabious2

C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

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Example Sentences

The mountains drew nearer, and other pale colours began to show through the scabious blue.

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

The Scabious, or Devils bit, was regarded with great superstition.

When he passed under the window she threw him a scabious bound up with forget-me-nots.

Patches of purple heath alternated with lilac scabious and pale hare-bells.

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