American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of chamomile.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The common name of Anthemis nobilis, a low creeping composite plant of Europe, with strongly scented foliage, which has long been in cultivation and of popular repute as a bitter stomachic and tonic. The camomile-flowers of commerce are the product of a cultivated double variety, known as the garden or Roman camomile. The single form is distinguished as Scotch camomile. It was formerly imagined that the more the plant was trodden upon the more luxuriantly it grew, and this was a favorite subject of allusion in ancient writers. The corn- or field-camomile, Anthemis arvensis, is sparingly naturalized in the United States. The dog's or stinking camomile, A. Cotula, is more usually known as mayweed. The yellow camomile, A. tinctoria, with yellow-rayed flowers, is sometimes cultivated for ornament and yields a yellow dye. The German camomile of trade consists of the flower-heads of Matricaria Chamomilla. Wild camomile is the feverfew.
- n. A composite plant, Anthemis nobilis, which resembles the daisy and possesses a bitter, aromatic quality, used in the making of teas and as a herbal remedy.
- n. Any of several other similar plants. (See Wikipedia on Chamomile.)
- n. Short for a camomile tea, a herbal tea made from camomile leaves.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A genus of herbs (Anthemis) of the Composite family. The common camomile, Anthemis nobilis, is used as a popular remedy. Its flowers have a strong and fragrant and a bitter, aromatic taste. They are tonic, febrifugal, and in large doses emetic, and the volatile oil is carminative.
- n. Eurasian plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis
- From Middle English, first attested 1265, from Old French camomille, from Latin chamaemelon, from Ancient Greek χαμαίμηλον (khamaímêlon, "earth-apple"), from χαμαί (khamaí, "on the ground") + μῆλον (mễlon, "apple"). So called because of the apple-like scent of the plant. (Wiktionary)
“Gin must contain juniper, but she has added other rather quirkier 'botanicals' to the usual mix, namely camomile, honeysuckle and pomelo a Chinese grapefruit.”
“Similar effects follow the addition to the bath of aromatic herbs, such as camomile, thyme, &c.”
“For as the camomile which is trodden groweth best, and smelleth most fragrant; and as the fish is sweetest that lives in the saltest waters: so those souls are most precious to Christ who are most exercised and afflicted with crosses.”
“OK," I said, "at least I have a cup of soothing camomile tea," and I put a pot of water on my new GE Induction Range and turned on the front burner.”
“After drawing breath, he was far from finished, going on to discover mugwort, wild camomile and ground elder, among others.”
“Renoir picks a bunch of camomile, ragwort and wild parsley to evoke the hazy summer fields round Fontainebleau, stuffing them into a homely jug to make the rustic point.”
“The fabric plunges and dangles, weighted down with glowing bulbs, gathered up in tubes, scented with camomile and lavender, shimmering blue and gold, pearl, pink and purple.”
“Her mouth was the ring of Solomon, her lips coral-red, and her teeth like a line of strung pearls or of camomile petals.”
“I use a lavender foot cream (from a lavender farm on the Isle of Wight) ... and I also use their hand cream for gardeners which contains a mix of lavender oil and camomile.”
“Oh, yes, if you drink camomile tea, see if it gives you a headache, this can be a sinus trigger.”
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