Lachrymatory
Lachrymatory Lach"ry*ma*to*ry, n.; pl. -{ries}. [Cf. F. lacrymatoire.] (Antiq.) A ``tear-bottle;'' a narrow-necked vessel found in sepulchers of the ancient Romans; -- so called from a former notion that the tears of the deceased person's friends were collected in it. Called also {lachrymal} or {lacrymal}. [1913 Webster]

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  • lachrymatory — adj. Relating to or inducing tears; especially of chemical substances. lacrimator Syn: lacrimatory. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lachrymatory — [lak′rəmə tôr΄ē] n. pl. lachrymatories [ML lacrimatorium, neut. of lacrimatorius, of tears < L lacrima, TEAR2] any of various small vases found in ancient Roman sepulchers, formerly supposed to have been used to catch the tears of mourners adj …   English World dictionary

  • lachrymatory — /lak reuh meuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj., n., pl. lachrymatories. adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or causing the shedding of tears. n. 2. Also called lachrymal. a small, narrow necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used …   Universalium

  • lachrymatory — 1. adjective /ˈlækɹɪmətəɹi/ Pertaining to or causing tears. 2. noun /ˈlækɹɪmətəɹi/ A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials …   Wiktionary

  • lachrymatory — n. vessel used to collect the tears of the bereaved (Archaeology) adj. of or pertaining to the shedding of tears …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lachrymatory — [ lakrɪməˌt(ə)ri] (also lacrimatory) adjective technical or literary relating to or containing tears. noun (plural lachrymatories) a phial of a kind found in ancient Roman tombs and thought to be a lachrymal vase. Origin C17: from L. lacrima tear …   English new terms dictionary

  • lachrymatory — lach•ry•ma•to•ry [[t]ˈlæk rə məˌtɔr i, ˌtoʊr i[/t]] n. pl. ries ara a small, narrow necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch the tears of bereaved friends Also called lachrymal 3) • Etymology: 1650–60; …   From formal English to slang

  • lachrymatory — /ˈlækrəˌmeɪtəri/ (say lakruh.maytuhree), / tri/ (say tree) adjective 1. of, relating to, or causing the shedding of tears. –noun (plural lachrymatories) Also, lachrymal. 2. a small, narrow necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • lachrymatory — adj. & n. adj. formal of or causing tears. n. (pl. ies) a name applied to phials of a kind found in ancient Roman tombs and thought to be lachrymal vases …   Useful english dictionary

  • Lachrymatory agent — A lachrymatory agent or lachrymator (from lacrima meaning a tear in Latin) (commonly referred to as tear gas) is a chemical compound that stimulates the corneal nerves in the eyes to cause tearing, pain, and even temporary blindness. Common… …   Wikipedia

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