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.