scabious

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1sca·bi·ous

noun \ˈskā-bē-əs, ˈska-\

Definition of SCABIOUS

:  any of a genus (Scabiosa) of Old World herbs of the teasel family with terminal flower heads subtended by a leafy involucre

Origin of SCABIOUS

Middle English scabiose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin scabiosa, from Latin, feminine of scabiosus, adjective
First Known Use: 14th century

2scabious

adjective

Definition of SCABIOUS

1
:  scabby
2
:  of, relating to, or resembling scabies <scabious eruptions>

Origin of SCABIOUS

Latin scabiosus, from scabies
First Known Use: 1603

sca·bi·ous

adjective \ˈskā-bē-əs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of SCABIOUS

1
: relating to or characterized by scabs
2
: of, relating to, or resembling scabies <scabious eruptions>

scabious

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Perennial scabious (Scabiosa caucasica)—Valerie Finnis

Any of about 100 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants that make up the genus Scabiosa (family Dipsaceae), native to temperate Eurasia, the Mediterranean, and mountains of eastern Africa. Some are important garden plants, including the southern European annual pincushion flower (S. atropurpurea), also called sweet scabious, mourning bride, or garden scabious. All species have leaf rosettes at the base of the plant, and leafy stems. Flower heads have an outer ring of female flowers and a circle of leaflike bracts below. Devil's bit scabious belongs to the genus Succisa (see bluebonnet).

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