or camomile noun Etymology: Middle English camemille, from Medieval Latin camomilla, modification of Latin chamaemelon, from Greek chamaimēlon, from chamai + mēlon apple Date: 13th century 1. a perennial composite herb (Chamaemelum nobile syn. Anthemis nobilis) of Europe and North Africa with aromatic foliage and flower heads 2. any of several composite plants (genera Matricaria and Anthemis) related to chamomile; especially an annual Eurasian herb (M. recutita syn. M. chamomilla) naturalized in North America 3. the dried flower heads of chamomile that are often used in making tea and that yield an essential oil possessing medicinal properties

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