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[poh-tuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. of, relating to, or given to drinking.
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Origin of potatory

From the Latin word pōtātōrius, dating back to 1820–30. See potation, -tory1
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Historical Examples

  • In the tumbler it must not go—there was the brandy: that had been an infringement of all the laws of potatory combination.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 66, No. 410, December 1849


British Dictionary definitions for potatory


  1. rare of, relating to, or given to drinking
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Word Origin

C19: from Late Latin pōtātōrius concerning drinking, from Latin pōtāre to drink
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