lachrymatory definition

  • adjective:
    • Pertaining to or causing rips.
    • Relating to or inducing rips; -- particularly of substances.
    • regarding or prompting tears
  • noun:
    • A vase intended to hold tears, previously employed by archaeologists to designate certain urns present Roman burials.
    • A “tear-bottle;” a narrow-necked vessel present sepulchers associated with ancient Romans; -- so called from an old idea that the tears of the dead individuals friends were gathered inside. Called additionally lachrymal or lacrymal.

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