[vom-i-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural vom·i·to·ries.
  1. an emetic.
  2. an opening through which something is ejected or discharged.
  3. Also called vomitorium. an opening, as in a stadium or theater, permitting large numbers of people to enter or leave.

Origin of vomitory

1595–1605; < Latin vomitōrius, equivalent to vomi-, variant stem of vomere to vomit + -tōrius -tory1
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British Dictionary definitions for vomitory


  1. Also called: vomitive (ˈvɒmɪtɪv) causing vomiting; emetic
noun plural -ries
  1. Also called: vomitive a vomitory agent
  2. rare a container for receiving vomitus
  3. Also called: vomitorium (ˌvɒmɪˈtɔːrɪəm) a passageway in an ancient Roman amphitheatre that connects an outside entrance to a tier of seats
  4. an opening through which matter is ejected
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vomitory in Medicine


  1. Inducing vomiting; vomitive.
  1. Something that induces vomiting.
  2. An aperture through which matter is discharged.
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