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lacrimatory

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective, noun, plural lacrimatories.

lachrymatory

or lacrimatory

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/
adjective
1.
of, relating 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 of lachrymatory
1650-1660
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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British Dictionary definitions for lacrimatory

lacrimatory

/ˈlækrɪmətərɪ; -trɪ/
adjective
1.
of, causing, or producing tears

lachrymatory

/ˈlækrɪmətərɪ; -trɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners
adjective
2.
a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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lacrimatory in Medicine

lacrimatory lac·ri·ma·to·ry or lach·ry·ma·to·ry (lāk'rə-mə-tôr'ē)
adj.
Causing the secretion of tears.

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

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