- covered with or consisting of scabs; scabby.
- pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.
Origin of scabious1
- 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 scabious2
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Examples from the Web for scabious
The Scabious, or Devils bit, was regarded with great superstition.The Funny Side of Physic
A. D. Crabtre
The scabious meant "sorrow and desolation," and the forget-me-not "Do not forget me."The Prussian Terror
"There is nothing for it but to die," said the sheep's-scabious.The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories
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.Botany for Ladies
- having or covered with scabs
- of, relating to, or resembling scabies
C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies
- 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
C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies
- Of or relating to scabies.