vomitorium

vomitorium

[vom-i-tawr-ee-uhm, -tohr-]
noun, plural vomitoria [vom-i-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] .
vomitory ( def 5 ).

Origin:
1745–55; < Late Latin vomitōrium

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Main Entry:  vomitorium
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in a theater or stadium, esp. ancient, a passageway leading to and from the seating
Etymology:  Latin vomitorius, alluding to the path's discharging of the spectators
Usage:  plural vomitoria
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vomitorium
1754, "passage or opening in an ancient amphitheater, leading to or from the seats," from L. (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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