Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A substance, such as tear gas, that causes tears to flow.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A chemical substance that causes tears to flow; same as lacrimator.

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  • noun Any substance that causes tears; especially tear gas

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a gas that makes the eyes fill with tears but does not damage them; used in dispersing crowds

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin lacrimāre, to cry (from lacrima, tear; see lachrymal) + –ator.]

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From lachrymation + -or

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