Etymology 1Edit

From Medieval Latin scabiōsus (scabious), from Latin scabiēs (see scabies).


scabious (comparative more scabious, superlative most scabious)

  1. Having scabs.
  2. Of or pertaining to scabies.

Etymology 2Edit

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From Medieval Latin scabiōsa, substantive form of scabiōsus (scabious) (see Etymology 1).


scabious (plural scabiouses)

  1. Any of various herbaceous plants of the genus Scabiosa.
    • 1907, E.M. Forster, The Longest Journey, Part I, XII [Uniform ed., p. 128]:
      The grassy track, so gay with scabious and bedstraw, was snow-white at the bottom of its ruts.
  2. Any of several plants of the genus Knautia.
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