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vomitorium

[vom-i-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr-] /ˌvɒm ɪˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr-/
noun, plural vomitoria
[vom-i-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌvɒm ɪˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
vomitory (def 5).
Origin
1745-1755
1745-55; < Late Latin vomitōrium
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Contemporary definitions for vomitoria
noun

in a theater or stadium, esp. ancient, a passageway leading to and from the seating

Word Origin

Latin vomitorius, alluding to the path's discharging of the spectators

Usage Note

plural vomitoria

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Word Origin and History for vomitoria

vomitorium

n.

1754, "passage or opening in an ancient amphitheater, leading to or from the seats," from Latin (Macrobius, Sat., VI.iv); see vomit. Erroneous meaning "place where ancient Romans (allegedly) deliberately vomited during feasts" is attested from 1923.

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