chamomile

[kam-uh-mahyl, -meel]
noun
1.
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.
2.
any of several allied plants of the genera Matricaria and Tripleurospermum.
Also, camomile.


Origin:
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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camomile or chamomile (ˈkæməˌmaɪl)
 
n
1.  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)
2.  any plant of the related genus Matricaria, esp M. chamomilla (German or wild camomile)
3.  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)]
 
chamomile or chamomile
 
n
 
[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)
 
n
a variant spelling of camomile

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chamomile
obs. form of camomile.
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If you don't have a natural foods store handy, try chamomile or lavender tea.
On the other hand, reducing caffeine and replacing it with chamomile tea
  resulted in significant symptom reduction.
Chamomile and lavender are natural relaxation aids, so this simple tisane is a
  quick fix for stress relief.
Chamomile brightens blond hair, while henna darkens and colors hair.
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