- a composite plant, Chamaemelium nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), native to the Old World, having strongly scented foliage and white ray flowers with yellow centers used medicinally and as a tea.
- any of several allied plants of the genera Matricaria and Tripleurospermum.
Origin of chamomile
1350–1400; Middle English camamyll, camomille < Middle French, Old French camomille or Medieval Latin camomilla, for Latin chamaemēlon < Greek chamaímēlon, equivalent to chamaí on the ground + mêlon apple; allegedly so called from the applelike odor of the flowers
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Examples from the Web for camomile
He was carrying, insecurely, a jug of poppy-head and camomile, which had been prescribed as a lotion.
Give it brimstone and treacle and a cupful of wormwood and camomile.
I have some camomile leaves, and I will make the infusion while you wait downstairs.'Stradella
F(rancis) Marion Crawford
Many weeds seem to be like "The camomile, the more it is trodden the more it grows."In Pastures Green
Camomile tea is generally supposed to be good for the nerves.December Love
- any aromatic plant of the Eurasian genus Anthemis, esp A. nobilis, whose finely dissected leaves and daisy-like flowers are used medicinally: family Asteraceae (composites)
- any plant of the related genus Matricaria, esp M. chamomilla (German or wild camomile)
- camomile tea a medicinal beverage made from the fragrant leaves and flowers of any of these plants
C14: from Old French camomille, from Medieval Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon, literally, earth-apple (referring to the apple-like scent of the flowers)
- a variant spelling of camomile
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Word Origin and History for camomile
obsolete form of camomile.
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