scabious

noun
sca·​bi·​ous | \ ˈskā-bē-əs How to pronounce scabious (audio) , ˈska- \

Definition of scabious

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

scabious

adjective

Definition of scabious (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Examples of scabious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Late summer stocks and scabious will both be in season, while foliage might include dogwood and skimmia. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of scabious

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scabious

Noun

Middle English scabiose, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin scabiosa, from Latin, feminine of scabiosus, adjective

Adjective

Latin scabiosus, from scabies

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“Scabious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scabious. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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scabious

adjective
sca·​bi·​ous | \ ˈskā-bē-əs How to pronounce scabious (audio) \

Medical Definition of scabious

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

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