lachrymator

or lac·ri·ma·tor

[ lak-ruh-mey-ter ]
/ ˈlæk rəˌmeɪ tər /

noun

a chemical substance that causes the shedding of tears, as tear gas.

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Origin of lachrymator

1915–20; <Medieval Latin lacrimātor, equivalent to lacrimā(re) to shed tears (see lachrymatory) + -tor-tor
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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymator

lachrymator
/ (ˈlækrɪˌmeɪtə) /

noun

a variant spelling of lacrimator
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Medical definitions for lachrymator

lachrymator

n.

Tear gas.
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