scabious

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scabious

2 [skey-bee-uhs]
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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scabious1 (ˈskeɪbɪəs)
 
adj
1.  having or covered with scabs
2.  of, relating to, or resembling scabies
 
[C17: from Latin scabiōsus, from scabies]

scabious2 (ˈskeɪbɪəs)
 
n
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]

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

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