- 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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lachrymatory or lacrymatory
- of, causing, or producing tears
- a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners
- a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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- Causing the secretion of tears.
- Variant oflacrimatory
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