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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Recent Examples on the Web Nivea Men Sensitive Shave Gel, an alcohol-free formula, is infused with skin-soothing chamomile, witch hazel and Vitamin E extracts. Sian Babish,, "How to get rid of dry skin on your face," 18 Apr. 2021 The cover is also infused with chamomile to ease the nervous system. Anna Haines, Forbes, "20 Spring Forward Essentials For A Better Sleep," 11 Mar. 2021 Straw/light yellow; aromas of lemon peel, orange rind and chamomile. Tom Hyland, Forbes, "New Releases From Champagne," 11 Apr. 2021 Appreciate the flowering plants and the delicious bounty of lavender, echinacea, calendula, borage, wildflower, chamomile and Thai basil. Dana Holmes, CNN Underscored, "All the flowers and vegetables to plant now that it’s spring," 22 Mar. 2021 The spray contains lavender, vetivert and wild chamomile essential oils, which the brand claims are calming and relaxing scents. NBC News, "Staff picks: 9 sleep aids the Shopping team relies on," 22 Mar. 2021 Other products, such as ProQuiet, contain ingredients such as L-tryptophan, chamomile and melatonin that can help ease separation anxiety. Richard A. Marini, San Antonio Express-News, "If your dog barks at everything, interrupting Zoom meetings, work calls, here's how to fix that," 19 Mar. 2021 Natural: Formulas with natural ingredients include aloe, lavender, oatmeal, or chamomile. Sian Babish,, "The best body wash for kids," 7 Oct. 2020 Look for candles or diffusers featuring scents like lavender, vanilla, chamomile, or rose; all scents that are said to calm your body and prepare it for rest. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, "5 Ways To Get Better Sleep For World Sleep Day," 19 Mar. 2021

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

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“Chamomile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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 chamomile (audio) , -​ˌmēl How to pronounce chamomile (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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