Definitions for lachrymatoryˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i
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lach•ry•ma•to•ryˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.
a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch the tears of bereaved friends.
Ref: Also called lachrymal. 6
Origin of lachrymatory:
1650–60; < ML lachrymātōrium=lachrymā(re) to shed tears, der. of lachryma (see lachrymal ) +-tōrium -tory2
relating to or prompting tears
A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.
Pertaining to or causing tears.
Origin: From Latin type *lacrimatorius, from lacrimare.
a "tear-bottle;" a narrow-necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; -- so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person's friends were collected in it. Called also lachrymal or lacrymal
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