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sca·bi·ous 1

 (skā′bē-əs, skăb′ē-)
adj.
1. Of or relating to scabies.
2. Having scabs.

[From Latin scabiōsus, mangy; see scabiosa.]

sca·bi·ous 2

 (skā′bē-əs)
n.
Any of various plants chiefly of the genus Scabiosa, especially S. atropurpurea, having opposite leaves and variously colored rounded flower heads. Also called scabiosa.

[Middle English scabiose, from Medieval Latin (herba) scabiōsa, (herb) for scabies, scabious; see scabiosa.]

scabious

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

scabious

(ˈskeɪbɪəs)
n
1. (Plants) 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. (Plants) any of various similar plants of the related genus Knautia
3. (Plants) 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]

sca•bi•ous1

(ˈskeɪ bi əs)

adj.
1. scabby.
2. pertaining to or of the nature of scabies.
[1595–1605]

sca•bi•ous2

(ˈskeɪ bi əs)

n.
any of various plants belonging to the genus Scabiosa, having opposite leaves and often showy flower heads in a variety of colors.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin scabiōsa (herba) scabies-curing (herb)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scabious - any of various plants of the genus Scabiosascabious - any of various plants of the genus Scabiosa
flower - a plant cultivated for its blooms or blossoms
genus Scabiosa - annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs; mainly Mediterranean
mournful widow, pincushion flower, Scabiosa atropurpurea, sweet scabious - Old World annual having fragrant purple to deep crimson flower heads; naturalized in United States
field scabious, Scabiosa arvensis - perennial having bluish-lilac flowers; introduced in the eastern United States
Translations

scabious

1 [ˈskeɪbɪəs] ADJ (Med) → sarnoso

scabious

2 [ˈskeɪbɪəs] N (Bot) → escabiosa f

scabious

adj (= having scabies)räudig

scabious

[ˈskeɪbɪəs] n (Bot) field scabiousscabiosa
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Five facts about Blast Beach | | The Durham Coast is well known for its spectacular wildflowers and some of the fields at Blast Beach are among the best places to enjoy them, with plants like bloody cranesbill, dyer's greenweed and devil's-bit scabious creating a riot of colour in the summer.
uk/PLACEOFLIGHT Five facts about Blast Beach | | The Durham Coast is well known for its spectacular wildflowers and some of the fields at Blast Beach are among the best places to enjoy them, with plants like bloody cranesbill, dyer's greenweed and devil's-bit scabious creating a riot of colour in the summer.
With further help from the Eden Project and Highways England, swathes of devils-bit scabious the main food plant for the marsh fritillary caterpillars have been grown and planted alongside the A30 road corridor.
Urgent action is needed to save vanishing meadows, their wildflowers such as ragged robin, harebell and field scabious which are heading towards being threatened in England, and the wildlife they support, according to Plantlife.
IAnd last weekend, in my new role as unofficial floral 'birder', I found a tiny blue plant - apparently the miniature 'sheep's bit' scabious - as well as the climber known as Old Man's Beard.
Another good choice is scented, pincushion-like heads of scabious to attract tortoiseshell, common blue, skippers and holly blue butterflies.
As I messed about with my camera trying to take pictures of the meadow flowers - yellow rattle, marigolds and Devil's-bit scabious - I caught sight of a woolly back.
Tuesday, October 28 St Nicholas Cathedral Flower Fellowship, open meeting and demonstration, Christmas, by Kevin Coulson from Floral Design, and wonderfully named Devil's-bit Scabious carpets.
Off to the garden centre I went and made a choice of species, including calendula, antirrhinum, poppies, cornflowers, poached egg plant (limnanthes), cosmos, nasturtium, scabious, comfrey and flowering meadow grasses.
The fantastically named Devil's-bit Scabious brings beautiful purple tinges to the damp meadows, heaths and grasslands of autumn.
Now terraced borders are ablaze with rudbeckia, scabious, phlox and delphiniums; beds of floribunda roses perfume the air, and a sunken garden crammed with colourful lupins and geraniums gives an Italian flavour.