[lak-ruh-muh l]
  1. Also called lachrymal bone. Anatomy. lacrimal bone.
  2. lachrymatory(def 2).

Origin of lachrymal

1535–45; < Medieval Latin lachrymālis, equivalent to Latin lachrym(a) (Hellenized spelling of lacrima, lacruma (OL dacrima) tear, probably ≪ Greek dákrȳma, derivative of dákry; see tear1) + -ālis -al1
Related formspost·lach·ry·mal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lachrymal

Contemporary Examples of lachrymal

  • Tears were a reflex response of the lachrymal glands to these events.

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    Why Do We Cry?

    Michael Trimble

    January 10, 2013

Historical Examples of lachrymal

  • And, following this, the little girl lifted her voice in lachrymal lament.

    Emmy Lou

    George Madden Martin

  • He was not praised for the lachrymal sack, and Aboulcasem's cup.

  • Why is the lachrymal secretion of the horse's eye thick and glutinous?

  • The lachrymal in Manatus is very small, but is larger in Halicore.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The lachrymal may either be united to the jugal or may be large and distinct.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for lachrymal


  1. a variant spelling of lacrimal
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Word Origin and History for lachrymal

also lachrimal, early 15c., from Medieval Latin lacrimalis, from Latin lacrima (see lachrymose).

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