lachrymatory

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 to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends.
[1650-60; (n.) < ML lachrymatorium, equiv. to lachryma(re) to shed tears + -torium -TORY2; (adj.) < ML lachrymatorius, equiv. to lachryma(re) + -torius -TORY1; see LACHRYMAL]

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