camomile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n camomile Eurasian plant with apple-scented foliage and white-rayed flowers and feathery leaves used medicinally; in some classification systems placed in genus Anthemis
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Camomile (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n camomile 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Camomile kam′o-mīl a plant, or its dried flowers, used in medicine, affording a bitter stomachic and tonic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. camonilla, corrupted fr. Gr. chamai`mhlon, lit. earth apple, being so called from the smell of its flower. See Humble, and Melon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L.—Gr. chamaimēlon, the earth-apple, from the apple-like smell of its blossoms—chamai, on the ground, mēlon, an apple.

Usage

In literature:

My substitute is camomile flowers.
"Tea Leaves" by Various
Jackeymo had discovered that one part of the soil was suited to lavender, that another would grow camomile.
"The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851" by Various
His mother put him to bed, and made some camomile tea; and she gave a doze of it to Peter!
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
Camomile tea, my dear!
"Fair Margaret" by Francis Marion Crawford
It is related that Col. Tarlton once asked a lady in Charleston, the name of the Camomile blossom.
"A sketch of the life and services of Otho Holland Williams" by Osmond Tiffany
M. M. Venesection; gentle cathartics; diluents; fomentation; poultice with camomile flowers, turpentine, soap, and opium; afterwards the bark.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
They've got whiskers, and take camomile.
"Daisy's Aunt" by E. F. (Edward Frederic) Benson
Boil two ounces each of camomile flowers, and the tops of wormwood, in two quarts of water.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
Dr B. now showed us a camomile flower, put it in his mouth, and chewed it.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
It smelt of the freshly painted floor and of camomile.
"Fathers and Children" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
It is a waste where nothing grows but camomile.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
Both maythen (camomile) and wild lettuce were used for the eyes.
"The Old English Herbals" by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde
On my honour and conscience, what else but the millionth part of a drop of camomile oil?
"The Village Notary" by József Eötvös
Pennyroyal, feverfew, camomile, parsley, larkspur, and other flowers used to be grown for making medicine.
"In the Days of the Guild" by Louise Lamprey
A liberal allowance of camomile tea may be resorted to, during the whole stage of the disease.
"The American Reformed Cattle Doctor" by George Dadd
I've seen a heap o' broken hearts in my time cured wi' camomile tea; it's just grand for the digestion.
"Red Rowans" by Flora Annie Steel
At the day's end, a light supper, or (sometimes) a cup of camomile tea, sufficed him.
"The Violin" by George Dubourg
Perhaps you think camomile tea subtle also, whereas I should only find it dull.
"Dodo's Daughter" by E. F. Benson
Some camomile blows lay on a white paper on the counter, and he began doing them up with shaky fingers.
"Johnny Ludlow, Second Series" by Mrs. Henry Wood
There's nowt like camomile-tea when your innards are no' peacefu' like!
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson
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In poetry:

As if a negro,
Coming into a garden,
Wavered between a purple rose
And a scarlet camomile.
"Okhouan" by Edward Powys Mathers
There was an Old Man of Vienna,
Who lived upon Tincture of Senna;
When that did not agree,
He took Camomile Tea,
That nasty Old Man of Vienna.
"Limerick: There was an Old Man of Vienna" by Edward Lear
They lead an old horse to the knacker's yard.
His wistful, short-breathing nostrils
Are listening: wet camomile and moss,
Or maybe a whiff of horsemeat.
"The spring-it had simply been you" by Boris Pasternak
Among the fields the camomile
Seems blown steam in the lightning's glare.
Unusual odors drench the air.
Night speaks above; the angry smile
Of storm within her stare.
"Home" by Madison Julius Cawein
Among the fields the camomile
Seems blown mist in the lightning's glare:
Cool, rainy odors drench the air;
Night speaks above; the angry smile
Of storm within her stare.
"The Window On The Hill" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

They are (front row from left) Jackson Hopkins, Mackenzie Johnson, Erikka Miser, Evan Camomile, Stribor Bencun and Elihah Dimond.
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