chamomile

noun cham·o·mile \ ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l , -ˌmēl \
variants: or
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of chamomile

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 : 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 : 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

chamomile

noun

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
variants: or camomile play \ˈkam-ə-ˌmīl, -ˌmēl\

medical Definition of chamomile

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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