Chamomile meaning

kămə-mīl, -mēl
An aromatic perennial herb (Chamaemelum nobile) in the composite family, native to Europe and the Mediterranean region, having feathery foliage and flower heads with white rays and yellow centers.
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A similar, related Eurasian annual plant (Matricaria recutita).
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The dried flower heads of either one of these plants, used to make an herbal tea and yielding an oil used in commercial flavorings and perfumery.
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Alternative spelling of camomile.
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Origin of chamomile

  • Middle English camomille from Old French from Late Latin chamomilla alteration of Latin chamaemēlon from Greek khamaimēlon khamai on the ground dhghem- in Indo-European roots mēlon apple

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition