lachrymatory

lachrymatory

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or causing the shedding of tears.
noun, plural lachrymatories.
2.
Also called lachrymal. a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends.


Origin:
1650–60; (noun) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrium, equivalent to lachrymā(re) to shed tears + -tōrium -tory2; (adj.) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrius, equivalent to lachrymā(re) + -tōrius -tory1; see lachrymal

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lachrymatory (ˈlækrɪmətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners
 
adj
2.  a variant spelling of lacrimatory

lacrimatory, lachrymatory or lacrymatory (ˈlækrɪmətərɪ, -trɪ, ˈlækrɪmətərɪ, -trɪ, ˈlækrɪmətərɪ, -trɪ)
 
adj
of, causing, or producing tears
 
lachrymatory, lachrymatory or lacrymatory
 
adj
 
lacrymatory, lachrymatory or lacrymatory
 
adj

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lachrymatory lach·ry·ma·to·ry (lāk'rə-mə-tôr'ē)
adj.
Variant of lacrimatory.

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