One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Stained or filled with tears; tearful. rare.
2Botany and Palaeontology. Having the shape of a teardrop; = lachrymiform.
no object Originally: †to lament (obsolete); to weep (now rare). In later use: specifically to produce tears or an excessive quantity of tears (as a physiological or pathological process).
Early 16th century; earliest use found in Robert Copland (fl. 1505–1547), translator and printer. From classical Latin lacrima + -ate<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Cockeram (fl. 1623–1658), lexicographer. From classical Latin lacrimāt-, past participial stem of lacrimāre to weep from lacrima tear.
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