chamomile

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

  1. 1 :  a perennial composite (see 1composite 1b) herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic (see 1aromatic 1) 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 synonym M. chamomilla) naturalized (see naturalize 4) 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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Origin and Etymology of chamomile

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


CHAMOMILE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of chamomile for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

chamomile

noun cham·o·mile
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camomile

\ˈkam-ə-ˌmīl, -ˌmēl\play play

Medical Definition of chamomile

  1. 1a:  a composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile synonym Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and Africa having aromatic flower headsb:  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. 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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