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camomile

[kam-uh-mahyl, -meel] /ˈkæm əˌmaɪl, -ˌmil/
noun
1.
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camomile

/ˈkæməˌmaɪl/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: from Old French camomille, from Medieval Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon, literally, earth-apple (referring to the apple-like scent of the flowers)
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Word Origin and History for camomile
camomile
mid-13c., from O.Fr. camemile, from L.L. camomilla, from L. chamomilla, from Gk. chamaimelon, lit. "earth apple," from chamai "on the ground" (also "dwarf;" see chameleon) + melon "apple." So called for its scent. O.E. had it as camemalon.
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