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scabious1

[skey-bee-uh s] /ˈskeɪ bi əs/
adjective
1.
covered with or consisting of scabs; scabby.
2.
pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; scabi(es) + -ous

scabious2

[skey-bee-uh s] /ˈskeɪ bi əs/
noun
1.
Also called pincushion flower. any of various plants belonging to the genus Scabiosa, of the teasel family, having opposite leaves and often showy flower heads in a variety of colors.
2.
any of various similar or related plants.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English scabiose < Medieval Latin scabiōsa (herba) scabies-curing (herb); see scabies, -ous
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British Dictionary definitions for scabious

scabious1

/ˈskeɪbɪəs/
adjective
1.
having or covered with scabs
2.
of, relating to, or resembling scabies
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies

scabious2

/ˈskeɪbɪəs/
noun
1.
any plant of the genus Scabiosa, esp S. atropurpurea, of the Mediterranean region, having blue, red, or whitish dome-shaped flower heads: family Dipsacaceae
2.
any of various similar plants of the related genus Knautia
3.
devil's bit scabious, a similar and related Eurasian marsh plant, Succisa pratensis
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies
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scabious in Medicine

scabious sca·bi·ous1 (skā'bē-əs, skāb'ē-)
adj.
Of or relating to scabies.

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