vomitorium

[ vom-i-tawr-ee-uh m, -tohr- ]
/ ˌvɒm ɪˈtɔr i əm, -ˈtoʊr- /

noun, plural vom·i·to·ri·a [vom-i-tawr-ee-uh, -tohr-] /ˌvɒm ɪˈtɔr i ə, -ˈtoʊr-/.


Nearby words

  1. vomiting,
  2. vomiting of pregnancy,
  3. vomiting reflex,
  4. vomitive,
  5. vomito,
  6. vomitory,
  7. vomitous,
  8. vomiturition,
  9. vomitus,
  10. von

Origin of vomitorium

First recorded in 1745–55, vomitorium is from the Late Latin word vomitōrium

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Word Origin and History for vomitorium

vomitorium

n.

1754, "passage or opening in an ancient amphitheater, leading to or from the seats," from Latin (Macrobius, Sat., VI.iv); see vomit. Erroneous meaning "place where ancient Romans (allegedly) deliberately vomited during feasts" is attested from 1923.

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