from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See scabious2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of gamopetalous plants, of the order Dipsaceæ, the teasel family.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the genus Scabiosa


New Latin Scabiōsa, genus name, from Medieval Latin (herba) scabiōsa, (herb) for scabies, scabious, feminine of Latin scabiōsus, mangy, from scabiēs, itch; see scabies.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • "Scabiosa is a genus in the teasel Family Dipsacaceae of flowering plants. Many of the species in this genus have common names that include the word scabious; however some plants commonly known as scabious are currently classified in related genera such as Knautia and Succisa; at least some of these were formerly placed in Scabiosa. Another common name for members of this genus is pincushion flowers."

    January 24, 2008