Dictionary.com

scabious

1
[ skey-bee-uhs ]
/ ˈskeɪ bi əs /
Save This Word!

adjective
covered with or consisting of scabs; scabby.
pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of scabious

1
First recorded in 1595–1605; scabi(es) + -ous

Other definitions for scabious (2 of 2)

scabious2
[ skey-bee-uhs ]
/ ˈskeɪ bi əs /

noun
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.
any of various similar or related plants.

Origin of scabious

2
1350–1400; Middle English scabiose<Medieval Latin scabiōsa (herba) scabies-curing (herb); see scabies, -ous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use scabious in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scabious (1 of 2)

scabious1
/ (ˈskeɪbɪəs) /

adjective
having or covered with scabs
of, relating to, or resembling scabies

Word Origin for scabious

C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

British Dictionary definitions for scabious (2 of 2)

scabious2
/ (ˈskeɪbɪəs) /

noun
any plant of the genus Scabiosa, esp S. atropurpurea, of the Mediterranean region, having blue, red, or whitish dome-shaped flower heads: family Dipsacaceae
any of various similar plants of the related genus Knautia
devil's bit scabious a similar and related Eurasian marsh plant, Succisa pratensis

Word Origin for scabious

C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for scabious

scabious
[ skābē-əs, skăbē- ]

adj.
Of or relating to scabies.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
FEEDBACK