Definition of chamomile in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkaməˌmēl/
(also camomile)


chiefly 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.
Example sentences
  • The herbs chamomile, valerian, yarrow, nettle, comfrey and dandelion can help make a success of your compost heap.
  • Medium-sized plants that take well to containers are beet, chamomile with its delicate white and yellow flowers, and everyone's favorite-tomatoes!
  • Almost everyone is familiar with the herb chamomile and its yellow and white daisy-like flowers that are used to make the popular tea.


Middle English: from Old French camomille, from late Latin chamomilla, from Greek khamaimēlon 'earth apple' (because of the applelike smell of its flowers).

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Syllabification: cham·o·mile

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