- thin, dry, and membranous, as certain bracts; chaffy.
Origin of scarious
1800–10; alteration of scariose < New Latin scariōsus < ?; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for scarious
Leaves it has none, just a scarious brown bract that encloses a part of the stem.Old Plymouth Trails
Small modified leaves, usually thin and scarious, seen in buds and cones; the flakes into which the outer bark often divides.Michigan Trees
Charles Herbert Otis
Other species of Helichrysum and species of allied genera with scarious heads of flowers are also known as “everlastings.”
Style, if any, and stigma only one; leaves simple; no scarious bracts around the flowers.
Stipules not scarious, leaves palmately cleft or palmately compound.
- (of plant parts) membranous, dry, and brownish in colourscarious bracts
C19: from New Latin scariōsus, of uncertain origin
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