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[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
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Examples from the web for chamomile
  • 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.
  • Rosemary is a stimulant, lavender controls oil production, chamomile enhances light hair and sage enhances dark hair.
  • Many wore blinders and had bouquets of calming chamomile tied to their harnesses.
  • The common chamomile and the scentless mayweed revisited.
  • chamomile tea has long been considered a brew that soothes.
British Dictionary definitions for chamomile


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)
any plant of the related genus Matricaria, esp M. chamomilla (German or wild camomile)
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)


a variant spelling of camomile
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Word Origin and History for chamomile

obsolete form of camomile.

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