- a composite plant, Chamaemelium nobile (or Anthemis nobilis), native to the Old World, having strongly scented foliage and white ray flowers with yellow centers used medicinally and as a tea.
- any of several allied plants of the genera Matricaria and Tripleurospermum.
- any aromatic plant of the Eurasian genus Anthemis, esp A. nobilis, whose finely dissected leaves and daisy-like flowers are used medicinally: family Asteraceae (composites)
- any plant of the related genus Matricaria, esp M. chamomilla (German or wild camomile)
- camomile tea a medicinal beverage made from the fragrant leaves and flowers of any of these plants
- a variant spelling of camomile
mid-13c., from Old French camemile, from Late Latin camomilla, from Latin chamomilla, from Greek chamaimelon, literally “earth apple,” from chamai “on the ground” (also “dwarf;” see chameleon) + melon “apple” (see malic). So called for its scent. Old English had it as camemalon.
obsolete form of camomile.