Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
A plant of the teasel family, with pink, white, or (most commonly) blue pincushion-shaped flowers.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I pulled out all those weeds (well, some of them) and the self-seeded scabious which I have more than enough of.’
- ‘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.’
Affected with mange; scabby.dry, flaky, flaking, peeling, scurfy, rough, scabrous, mangy, scabiousView synonyms
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).
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The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.