nounchiefly North American
- an aromatic European plant of the daisy family, with white and yellow daisylike flowers.
- The perennial sweet (or Roman) chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), family Compositae), used, especially formerly, for lawns and herbal medicine, the annual German chamomile (Matricaria recutita), used medicinally, and the yellow-flowered dyer’s chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria), used to produce a yellow-brown dye
Middle English: from Old French camomille, from late Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon 'earth apple' (because of the applelike smell of its flowers)
Chamomile can also be spelled camomile, without the h: both are correct.