From Middle English camamille, first attested 1265, from Old French camomille, from Late Latin camomilla, from Latin chamaemelon, from Ancient Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaímēlon, literally “earth-apple”), from χαμαί (khamaí, “on the ground”) + μῆλον (mêlon, “apple”). So called because of the apple-like scent of the plant.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkæ.məˌmaɪl/
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- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkæ.məˌmaɪl/, /ˈkæ.məˌmil/
- 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 .
- 2022 September 27, Barclay Bram, “My Therapist, the Robot”, in The New York Times:
- On another occasion, when trying to brainstorm things I could do to make myself feel better despite all the pandemic restrictions, Woebot suggested I “try doing something nice for someone in your life,” like make a calming tea for my housemate or check in with a loved one. I poured my mum some chamomile: Two birds, one stone.
- Cape chamomile, Eriocephalus punctulatus
- corn chamomile, Anthemis arvensis
- dyer's chamomile, Cota tinctoria
- English chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile
- false chamomile, Tripleurospermum inodorum
- field chamomile, Anthemis arvensis
- garden chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile
- golden chamomile, Cota tinctoria
- Moroccan chamomile, Cladanthus multicaulis
- oxeye chamomile, Cota tinctoria
- Roman chamomile, Chamaemelum nobile
- scentless chamomile, Anthemis arvensis
- scentless chamomile, Tripleurospermum inodorum
- stinking chamomile, Anthemis cotula
- wild chamomile, Matricaria discoidea
- wild chamomile, Matricaria recutita
- wild chamomile, Tripleurospermum inodorum
- yellow chamomile, Cota tinctoria
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