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chamomile

or camomile

[kam-uh-mahyl, -meel] /ˈkæm əˌmaɪl, -ˌmil/
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.
Origin of chamomile
1350-1400
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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chamomile

/ˈkæməˌmaɪl/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of camomile
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n.

obsolete form of camomile.

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