: a small genus of Old World herbs (family Cruciferae) distinguished by their ovoid flaxlike seed pods see false flax, gold of pleasure, small-seeded false flax

Word History


New Latin, from Medieval Latin camelina, chamaelinum, alteration of Latin chamaemelinus of chamomile, from chamaemelon chamomile

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“Camelina.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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