chamomile

noun
cham·​o·​mile | \ ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l How to pronounce chamomile (audio) , -ˌmēl How to pronounce chamomile (audio) \
variants: or

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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Examples of chamomile in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those who cook less frequently might try growing lavender or chamomile for teas, or mint for Moscow mules. Zio Baritaux, New York Times, "How to Plant a Victory Garden, Even on a Windowsill," 22 Apr. 2020 Created by eco-friendly company Weleda nearly 100 years ago, this tried-and-true cream made from violas, calendula, and chamomile flowers is incredibly soothing and gentle. Deanne Revel, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Hand Creams to Soothe Dry Skin," 8 Apr. 2020 Apple brandy is infused with chamomile and mixed with Tattersall’s best-in-class aquavit, Americano and a squeeze of lemon for one of our favorite cocktails of the year, and maybe one of our favorites period. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "Our picks: best cocktails of 2019," 25 Dec. 2019 It is spiced with chamomile, coriander and orange zest. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Stout It Out Loud, Tartine Belgian beer dinner, R. Shea events, more - beer calendar," 16 Dec. 2019 Our own taste runs more to the milder 413 Farmhouse Ale, which is made in the smoother Belgian style and spiced with chamomile and orange zest. BostonGlobe.com, "420 Stockbridge Road, Great Barrington; 413-528-8282; barringtonbrewery.net. Opens daily 11:30 a.m., closes Sunday 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 p.m. Sampler flight $5.85.," 18 Sep. 2019 Founded in 1905, the German company uses chamomile extract to calm irritated skin, and has earned rave reviews for its non-greasy, fast-absorbing formula. Deanne Revel, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Best Hand Creams to Soothe Dry Skin," 8 Apr. 2020 Try swapping your body scrub for a Clarisonic facial brush and a salicylic acid cleanser, like Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Wash, which has 2 percent salicylic acid to penetrate follicles and chamomile to soothe skin. Chloe Metzger, Allure, "How to Treat Keratosis Pilaris on the Back of Your Arms," 3 Mar. 2020 This at-home peel is created with a powerful combination of retinol, ferulic acid, and soothing chamomile to rapidly transform skin and deliver antioxidant protection. Kari Molvar, Vogue, "11 Supercharged Retinol Creams to Transform Your Skin," 19 Dec. 2019

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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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“Chamomile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chamomile. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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chamomile

noun
How to pronounce chamomile (audio) How to pronounce chamomile (audio)

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

chamomile

noun
cham·​o·​mile
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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