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chamomile

noun cham·o·mile \ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l, -ˌmēl\

Simple Definition of chamomile

  • : a plant that has a strong smell and small white and yellow flowers that are often used in making tea and medicine

Full Definition of chamomile

  1. 1 :  a perennial composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile syn. Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic foliage and flower heads

  2. 2 :  any of several composite plants (genera Matricaria and Anthemis) related to chamomile; especially :  an annual Eurasian herb (M. recutita syn. M. chamomilla) naturalized in North America

  3. 3 :  the dried flower heads of chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

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Variants of chamomile

or cam·o·mile \ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l, -ˌmēl\

Origin of chamomile

Middle English camemille, from Medieval Latin camomilla, modification of Latin chamaemelon, from Greek chamaimēlon, from chamai + mēlon apple


First Known Use: 13th century


Medical Dictionary

chamomile

noun cham·o·mile

Medical Definition of chamomile

  1. 1a:  a composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa having strong-scented foliage and flower heads that contain a bitter principle used as an antispasmodic or a diaphoreticb:  any of several related composite plants (genera Anthemis and Matricaria); especially :  a Eurasian herb of the genus Matricaria (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized in North America and having foliage and flower heads that contain the bitter principle found in chamomile (C. nobile)

  2. 2:  the dried flower heads of either of two chamomiles (Chamaemelum nobile and Matricaria recutita) used as aromatic bitters



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Variants of chamomile

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