camomile (n.)

common name of a strong-scented European plant long cultivated for its medicinal properties, 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;" akin to chthon "earth," from PIE root *dhghem- "earth") + melon "apple" (see malic). So called for its scent. Old English had it as camemalon.

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