or lac·ri·ma·to·ry

[ lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee ]
/ ˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i /


of, relating to, or causing the shedding of tears.

noun, plural lach·ry·ma·to·ries.

Also called lachrymal. a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends.

Origin of lachrymatory

1650–60; (noun) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrium, equivalent to lachrymā(re) to shed tears + -tōrium -tory2; (adj.) < Medieval Latin lachrymātōrius, equivalent to lachrymā(re) + -tōrius -tory1; see lachrymal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lachrymatory

/ (ˈlækrɪmətərɪ, -trɪ) /

noun plural -ries

a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners


a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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Medicine definitions for lachrymatory

[ lăkrə-mə-tôr′ē ]


Variant oflacrimatory
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