- covered with scabs; scabby
- of or like scabies
Origin of scabious; from French or L: French scabieux ; from Classical Latin scabiosus ; from scabies: see scab
- Of or relating to scabies.
- Having scabs.
Origin of scabiousFrom Latin scabi&omacron;sus, 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) scabi&omacron;sa, (herb) for scabies, scabious; see scabiosa.
(comparative more scabious, superlative most scabious)