chamomile

noun

cham·​o·​mile ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l How to pronounce chamomile (audio) -ˌmēl How to pronounce chamomile (audio)
variants or camomile
1
: a perennial composite (see composite entry 1 sense 1b) herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic (see aromatic entry 1 sense 1) foliage and flower heads
2
: any of several composite plants (genera Matricaria and Anthemis) related to chamomile
especially : an annual Eurasian herb (M. recutita synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized (see naturalize sense 4) in North America
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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Examples of chamomile in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chamomile was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chamomile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chamomile. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

chamomile

noun
cham·​o·​mile
variants or camomile
ˈkam-ə-ˌmīl,
-ˌmēl
1
: an herb related to the daisies with strong-scented leaves and flower heads
2
: the dried flower heads of chamomile often used in making tea

Medical Definition

chamomile

noun
cham·​o·​mile
variants or camomile
1
a
: a composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and Africa having aromatic flower heads
b
: 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
2
: the dried flower heads of a chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

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