- covered with scabs; scabby
- of or like scabies
Origin of scabiousfrom French or L: French scabieux from Classical Latin scabiosus from scabies: see scab
- Of or relating to scabies.
- Having scabs.
Origin of scabiousFrom Latin scabiōsus mangy ; see scabiosa .
Any of various plants chiefly of the genus Scabiosa, especially S. atropurpurea, having opposite leaves and variously colored rounded flower heads. Also called scabiosa .
Origin of scabiousMiddle English scabiose from Medieval Latin (herba) scabiōsa (herb) for scabies, scabious ; see scabiosa .
(comparative more scabious, superlative most scabious)