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Meaning of lachrymatory

lach•ry•ma•to•ry

Pronunciation: (lak'ru-mu-tôr"ē, -tōr"ē), [key]
— adj., n., pl. -ries.
—adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or causing the shedding of tears.
—n.
  1. a small, narrow-necked vase found in ancient Roman tombs, formerly thought to have been used to catch and keep the tears of bereaved friends.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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