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camomile n : Eurasian plant apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis [syn: chamomile, Chamaemelum nobilis, Anthemis nobilis]

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First coined 1265, from camomille < chamoemelon < χαμαίμηλον < χαμαί + μήλον. So called because of the applelike scent of the plant.
Note: The "ch-" spelling is used especially in science and pharmacology.


  1. A composite plant, Anthemis nobilis, which resembles the daisy and possesses a bitter, aromatic quality. It is used in the making of teas and as a herbal remedy for many problems, esp. for the stomach. Native to the Britain and parts of western Europe and often called Roman camomile. Distinguished from German chamomile.
  2. A tea made from camomile leaves.



Extensive Definition

The name Chamomile or Camomile (from Greek χαμαίμηλον - chamaimēlon) can refer to any of several distinct species in the sunflower family (Asteraceae):
camomile in German: Kamille
camomile in Modern Greek (1453-): Χαμομήλι
camomile in Spanish: Manzanilla
camomile in Dutch: Kamille
camomile in Polish: Rumianek pospolity
camomile in Portuguese: Camomila
camomile in Russian: Ромашка
camomile in Swedish: Kamomille
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