Definition of matricaria in US English:

matricaria

noun

  • 1The plant feverfew, Tanacetum parthenium.

  • 2In form Matricaria. A genus of Eurasian plants of the family Asteraceae (Compositae), mostly having white ray florets and yellow discs, which includes wild chamomile, Matricaria recutita, and the pineapple weed, M. discoidea; (also matricaria) a plant of this genus.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Evelyn (1620–1706), diarist and writer. From post-classical Latin matricaria feverfew, mugwort from classical Latin mātrīc-, mātrīx + -āria. Compare Spanish matricaria, Italian matricaria, Middle French, French matricaire, Portuguese matricária, and post-classical Latin matricalis, applied to the herb vervain.

Pronunciation

matricaria

/ˌmatrɪˈkɛːrɪə/