Definitions for lachrymatoryˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

lach•ry•ma•to•ryˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(n.)(pl.)-ries.

  1. a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch the tears of bereaved friends.

    Category: Archaeology

    Ref: Also called lachrymal. 6

Origin of lachrymatory:

1650–60; < ML lachrymātōrium=lachrymā(re) to shed tears, der. of lachryma (see lachrymal ) +-tōrium -tory2

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lacrimatory, lachrymatory(adj)

    relating to or prompting tears


  1. lachrymatory(Noun)

    A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.

  2. lachrymatory(Adjective)

    Pertaining to or causing tears.

  3. Origin: From Latin type *lacrimatorius, from lacrimare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lachrymatory(noun)

    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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