Definitions

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  • adj. Pertaining to or causing tears.
  • n. A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • adj. Relating to or inducing tears; -- especially of chemical substances.

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

  • adj. relating to or prompting tears

Etymologies

From Latin type *lacrimatorius, from lacrimare. (Wiktionary)

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  • (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.

    May 31, 2007