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Scabious  n.  (Bot.) Any plant of the genus Scabiosa, several of the species of which are common in Europe. They resemble the Compositae, and have similar heads of flowers, but the anthers are not connected.
Sweet scabious.
(a)
Mourning bride.
(b)
A daisylike plant (Erigeron annuus) having a stout branching stem.






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"Scabious" Quotes from Famous Books



... their cups; two of these cups seem almost as large as the great acorns from abroad. A red dead-nettle, a mauve thistle, white and pink bramble flowers, a white strawberry, a little yellow tormentil, a broad yellow dandelion, narrow hawkweeds, and blue scabious, are all in flower in the lane. Others are scattered on the mounds and in the meads adjoining, where may be collected some heath still in bloom, prunella, hypericum, white yarrow, some heads of red clover, some beautiful buttercups, ...
— Field and Hedgerow • Richard Jefferies

... we will look at, and then it will be time to leave our corn-field and to search elsewhere. Growing on the hedgebank at the side of the field is a pretty lilac-blue flower on a long bare stalk. It is the Field Scabious. ...
— Wildflowers of the Farm • Arthur Owens Cooke

... the narrow waggon-track which descends along a coombe and is worn in chalk, the heat pours down by day as if an invisible lens in the atmosphere focussed the sun's rays. Strong woody knapweed endures it, so does toadflax and pale blue scabious, and wild mignonette. The very sun of Spain burns and burns and ripens the wheat on the edge of the coombe, and will only let the spring moisten a yard or two around it; but there a few rushes have sprung, and in the water itself brooklime with blue flowers grows so ...
— The Life of the Fields • Richard Jefferies



Words linked to "Scabious" :   Scabiosa atropurpurea, Scabiosa arvensis, scabiosa, sweet scabious, pincushion flower, field scabious, mournful widow, genus Scabiosa, flower



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