lacrimatory

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]

lachrymatory

or lac·ri·ma·to·ry

[lak-ruh-muh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
adjective
  1. of, relating to, or causing the shedding of tears.
noun, plural lach·ry·ma·to·ries.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for lacrimatory

lacrimatory

lachrymatory or lacrymatory

adjective
  1. of, causing, or producing tears

lachrymatory

noun plural -ries
  1. a small vessel found in ancient tombs, formerly thought to hold the tears of mourners
adjective
  1. a variant spelling of lacrimatory
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lacrimatory in Medicine

lacrimatory

adj.
  1. Causing the secretion of tears.

lachrymatory

[lăkrə-mə-tôr′ē]
adj.
  1. Variant oflacrimatory
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