any of various small vases found in ancient Roman sepulchers, formerly supposed to have been used to catch the tears of mourners
Origin of lachrymatoryMedieval Latin lacrimatorium, neuter of lacrimatorius, of tears from Classical Latin lacrima, tear
of, causing, or producing tears
(comparative more lachrymatory, superlative most lachrymatory)
- Pertaining to or causing tears.
- A vase intended to hold tears, formerly used by archaeologists to designate certain urns found in Roman burials.
From Latin type *lacrimatorius, from lacrimare.