vomitory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vomitory an entrance to an amphitheater or stadium
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vomitory (Arch) A principal door of a large ancient building, as of an amphitheater. "Sixty-four vomitories . . . poured forth the immense multitude."
    • Vomitory An emetic; a vomit.
    • a Vomitory Causing vomiting; emetic; vomitive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vomitory Procuring vomiting; causing ejection from the stomach; emetic; vomitive.
    • n vomitory An emetic.
    • n vomitory In architecture, an opening or passage, usually one of a regularly disposed series, in an ancient Roman theater or amphitheater, which gave direct ingress or egress to the people in some part of the auditorium.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Vomitory causing to vomit
    • Vomitory a door of a large building by which the crowd is let out
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vomitorious,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vomĕre, -ĭtum, to throw up; Gr. emein.

Usage

In literature:

Here she made her way to a door that opened on the common and public vomitories of the structure.
"The Bravo" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Sickly trees soared up from darkness into light among the porches, and the moon peered through the empty vomitories.
"Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3" by John Addington Symonds
On the other hand, there were no lateral vomitories.
"The Wonders of Pompeii" by Marc Monnier
Suddenly came a frightful roar and a black beast leaped forth from the deep vomitory.
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
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