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From Latin type *lacrimatorius, from lacrimare.
- Pertaining to or causing tears.
- 1919: It is sheer affectation to lacerate a man with the poisonous fragment of a bursting shell and to boggle at making his eyes water by means of lachrymatory gas. — Winston Churchill, "1919 War Office Memorandum"
lachrymatory (plural lachrymatories)
- A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.
- 1658: For beside these Lachrymatories, notable Lamps with Vessels of Oyles and Aromaticall Liquors attended noble Ossuaries. — Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial (Penguin 2005, p. 21)