A plant of the teasel family, with pink, white, or (most commonly) blue pincushion-shaped flowers.
- Scabiosa, Knautia, and other genera, family Dipsacaceae: several species, including the devil’s bit scabious (see devil’s bit)
More example sentences
- There were still flowers in plenty, pink campion, toadflax, small blue scabious, honeysuckle, and six-inch mushrooms, inedible no doubt, but the blackberries were ripe and juicy enough to quench thirst.
- Purple gentians and orchids, blue scabious and harebells, orange hawkweeds, and cream and pink yarrow provide a kaleidoscope of colour to enjoy at the end of your walk.
- The biological remains show Silbury I was built on mature chalk grassland containing plants such as salad burnet, small scabious, bird's foot trefoil and meadow buttercup, with very little woodland in the area.
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late Middle English: based on Latin scabiosus 'rough, scabby'; the noun is from medieval Latin scabiosa (herba) 'rough, scabby (plant)', formerly regarded as a cure for skin disease (see scabies).
Definition of scabious in:
- The US English dictionary