|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|
|[C14: from Medieval Latin scabiōsa herba the scabies plant, referring to its use in treating scabies]|
scabious sca·bi·ous1 (skā'bē-əs, skāb'ē-)
Of or relating to scabies.