Definition of scabious noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈskeɪbiəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskeɪbiəs//
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a wild or garden plant with blue, pink or white flowers that grow at the end of long stems Word Originlate 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).