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Definition of "scabious" []

  • Of or relating to scabies. (adjective)
  • Having scabs. (adjective)
  • Any of various plants of the genus Scabiosa, especially S. atropurpurea, having opposite leaves and variously colored flower heads that are subtended by an involucre. Also called scabiosa. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "scabious" in a sentence
  • "The field scabious is a multipetaled blue – sometimes purple – ball of a flower."
  • "There are 12 wild flower species in the ordinary playing field but in its first year the haven was home to 107 species, including scabious, white campion and bird's foot trefoil."
  • "Another species, devil's-bit scabious, has evolved to germinate only in spring after a long period of winter chilling."