- of, relating to, or causing the shedding of tears.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for lachrymatory
Your uncle is great in the lachrymatory line, Clive Newcome.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
Roman vessels—a red thing that might have been a lamp, another that might have been a lachrymatory.The Daisy Chain
Free use was made of lachrymatory shell, our first taste of it.Three years in France with the Guns:
C. A. Rose
Fritz bombarded us often with lachrymatory shells, the tear-inducing variety, and this was most unpleasant, but nothing more.Fighting the Boche Underground
Harry Davis Trounce
He had found a lachrymatory, too, a relic of an ancient Christian; and many bones of holy martyrs.Babylon, Volume 3 (of 3)
- a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners
- a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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- Variant oflacrimatory
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