Definition of scabious in English:

scabious

noun

  • A plant of the teasel family, with pink, white, or (most commonly) blue pincushion-shaped flowers.

    • ‘Purple gentians and orchids, blue scabious and harebells, orange hawkweeds, and cream and pink yarrow provide a kaleidoscope of colour to enjoy at the end of your walk.’
    • ‘The biological remains show Silbury I was built on mature chalk grassland containing plants such as salad burnet, small scabious, bird's foot trefoil and meadow buttercup, with very little woodland in the area.’
    • ‘I pulled out all those weeds (well, some of them) and the self-seeded scabious which I have more than enough of.’
    • ‘There were still flowers in plenty, pink campion, toadflax, small blue scabious, honeysuckle, and six-inch mushrooms, inedible no doubt, but the blackberries were ripe and juicy enough to quench thirst.’
    • ‘Interesting flora includes purple devil's bit scabious and lilac field scabious, the yellow daisy-like common fleabane and the tall, cream-flowered meadow sweet.’

adjective

  • Affected with mange; scabby.

    dry, flaky, flaking, peeling, scurfy, rough, scabrous, mangy, scabious
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Origin

Late Middle English: based on Latin scabiosus rough, scabby; the noun is from medieval Latin scabiosa (herba) rough, scabby (plant), formerly regarded as a cure for skin disease (see scabies).

Pronunciation:

scabious

/ˈskeɪbɪəs/