any plant of either of two genera (Anthemis and Matricaria) of the composite family, with strong-smelling foliage; esp., a plant (A. nobilis) whose dried, daisylike flower heads are used as a medicine and in making tea
Origin of camomileMiddle English camomille ; from Old French camemile ; from Classical Latin chamomilla ; from Classical Greek chamaim?lon, earth apple ; from chamai, on the ground (see chameleon) + m?lon, apple (see melon)
Variant of chamomile.
- Composite plant with a fragrance reminiscent of apples:
- Matricaria recutita (formerly known as Matricaria chamomilla), German chamomile or Hungarian chamomile, with fragrant flowers used for tea, and as an herbal remedy.
- Chamaemelum nobile (formerly Anthemis nobilis), English chamomile or Roman chamomile, a ground cover with fragrant foliage.
- Any of several other similar plants. (See below)
- Short for a camomile tea, an herbal tisane made from camomile blossoms.