scabious

1
[skey-bee-uh s]

Origin of scabious

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

scabious

2
[skey-bee-uh s]
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 of scabious

2
1350–1400; Middle English scabiose < Medieval Latin scabiōsa (herba) scabies-curing (herb); see scabies, -ous
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Examples from the Web for scabious

Historical Examples of scabious

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

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for scabious

scabious

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

Word Origin for scabious

C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

scabious

2
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 for scabious

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

scabious

[skābē-əs, skăbē-]
adj.
  1. Of or relating to scabies.
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