from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun any of various plants of the genus Scabiosa


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

[New Latin Scabiōsa, genus name, from Medieval Latin (herba) scabiōsa, (herb) for scabies, scabious (so called because scabious was formerly thought effective in treating itchy, scurfy skin diseases ), feminine of Latin scabiōsus, mangy, from scabiēs, itch; see scabies.]



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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