scabious

1
[ skey-bee-uh s ]
/ ˈskeɪ bi əs /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. scabby,
  2. scabby mouth,
  3. scabicide,
  4. scabies,
  5. scabietic,
  6. scabland,
  7. scablands,
  8. scabrid,
  9. scabrous,
  10. scabrously

Origin of scabious

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

scabious

2
[ skey-bee-uh s ]
/ 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

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British Dictionary definitions for scabious

scabious

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/ (ˈskeɪbɪəs) /

adjective

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

Word Origin for scabious

C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

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

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Medicine definitions for scabious

scabious

[ skābē-əs, skăbē- ]

adj.

Of or relating to scabies.

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