or cam·o·mile

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


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chamomile


/ (ˈkæməˌmaɪl) /


a variant spelling of camomile
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Word Origin and History for chamomile



obsolete form of camomile.

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