camomile

[ kam-uh-mahyl, -meel ]
/ ˈkæm əˌmaɪl, -ˌmil /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. cammaerts, émile,
  2. cammie,
  3. camo,
  4. camoca,
  5. camogie,
  6. camoodi,
  7. camorra,
  8. camorrist,
  9. camorrista,
  10. camote

chamomile

or cam·o·mile

[ kam-uh-mahyl, -meel ]
/ ˈkæm əˌmaɪl, -ˌmil /

noun

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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British Dictionary definitions for camomile

camomile

chamomile

/ (ˈkæməˌmaɪl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for camomile

C14: from Old French camomille, from Medieval Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon, literally, earth-apple (referring to the apple-like scent of the flowers)

chamomile

/ (ˈkæməˌmaɪl) /

noun

a variant spelling of camomile
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