camomile[kam′ə mīl′, -mēl′]
A field of wild camomile.
Origin of camomilesee 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.
From Middle English, first attested 1265, from Old French camomille, from Latin chamaemelon, from Ancient Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaímêlon, “earth-apple”), from χαμαί (khamaí, “on the ground”) + μῆλον (mễlon, “apple”). So called because of the apple-like scent of the plant.