cham·​o·​mile | \ ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l How to pronounce chamomile (audio) , -ˌmēl How to pronounce chamomile (audio) \
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Definition of chamomile

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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And the What’s the Tea Old-Fashioned is based on a chamomile tea old-fashioned at the (now-closed) Two Sisters Bar and Books in Hayes Valley. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "Oakland cocktail maven Ashley Rose Conway on rosé cocktails, summer parties," 5 July 2019 The chamomile oil in Bio-Oil has anti-inflammatory properties that help improve scarring and redness. Emily Rekstis, SELF, "9 Ways to Use Bio-Oil, the Drugstore Scar Treatment People Love," 22 June 2018 The Equi-Clean grooming wipes are formulated with smelling herbs, including aloe vera, chamomile, comfrey, lavender and thyme. Alex Kushel,, "Equestrian creates grooming wipes to keep horses clean on the go," 20 June 2019 Other ingredients in the potion include hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe, and chamomile extracts. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Exclusive: Glow Recipe Is Launching a Pineapple-Infused Vitamin C Serum, and It's So Good," 31 Mar. 2019 Their idea was to streamline those two things in a single bottle by adding hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, aloe gel, and chamomile extracts. Glamour, "I Put Glow Recipe's New Pineapple-C Serum to the Test," 31 Mar. 2019 First, dab Tammy Fender's chamomile tonic onto a cotton pad and sweep across the face to pick up any excess dirt post cleansing. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 3-Step, Celebrity Approved Facial Treatment You Can Do at Home," 30 Apr. 2019 Another favorite of Flowers is this creamy treatment, which contains skin-soothers jojoaba oil and chamomile. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "The Best Face Masks for Reducing Redness," 11 Jan. 2018 One of Amazon’s top choice of products is a bag of dog bones infused with chamomile, which supposedly facilitate deeper sleep. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "Getting a good night’s sleep is a luxury — and can come at a high price.," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of chamomile

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for chamomile

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

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English Language Learners 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


variants: or camomile \ ˈkam-​ə-​ˌmīl How to pronounce camomile (audio) , -​ˌmēl How to pronounce camomile (audio) \

Medical Definition of chamomile

1a : 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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