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 Englishcamamyll, camomille < Middle French,Old Frenchcamomille or Medieval Latincamomilla, for Latinchamaemēlon < Greekchamaímēlon, equivalent to chamaí on the ground + mêlon apple; allegedly so called from the applelike odor of the flowers
mid-13c., from Old French camemile, from Late Latin camomilla, from Latin chamomilla, from Greek chamaimelon, literally "earth apple," from chamai "on the ground" (also "dwarf;" see chameleon) + melon "apple" (see malic). So called for its scent. Old English had it as camemalon.