cham·o·mile | \ˈka-mə-ˌmī(-ə)l, -ˌmēl \
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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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Similar to when tea steeps in water, the ash seeps toxins into the underlying water table — a chemical chamomile, of sorts. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "New reports: Contaminants from coal ash at levels 40 times above safe drinking water standards," 28 Mar. 2018 Roman chamomile, which has a bright, apple-like scent; clary sage, with its rich, sweet scent; and the floral notes of geranium and lavender (all available inexpensively at most health food stores). Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 All-Natural Remedies to Get a Better Night's Sleep," 11 Nov. 2010 Ingredients like chamomile and magnesium, which may help us feel more relaxed, make drinking this a nice before-bed ritual. The Cut, "​Should You Be Drinking Your Skincare? (An Expert Says Yes)," 3 May 2018 Houseplants including aloe, chamomile, and many types of ivy. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Exactly What To Do If Your Pet Eats Something Toxic," 7 Sep. 2017 Weleda is made with a blend of plant extracts — like viola tricolor, calendula, and chamomile — and mixed with beeswax. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Uses $12 Weleda Moisturizer," 9 July 2018 Some do rely on various formulations of hydrogen peroxide to get there, while other brands offer versions with chamomile and citrus. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "We Tried the 2018 Takes on Hair Lighteners, and Here Are Our Honest Thoughts," 7 June 2018 One of our editors tested a bunch of Sleepytime teas (all of which have chamomile in them) to find which brands worked the best. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appetit, "9 Foods That May Help You Get to Sleep," 29 May 2018 Their most popular is the anti-insomnia Tranquili-tea made with chamomile and lemon myrtle. Steffi Victorioso, Los Angeles Magazine, "Local Women Are Hosting Fancy “High Teas” With the Help of a Cannabis Brand," 29 May 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, -ˌmēl \

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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