PRONUNCIATION: (lak-ruh-muh-JEN-ik)

MEANING: adjective: Inducing tears.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin lacrima (tear) + -genic (producing). Earliest documented use: 1907. Two related words are lachrymose and lachrymal.

LACHRYMOPENIC - dry-eyed (not enough tears)

LOCH RYMOGENIC - a lake in the northernmost reaches of Scotland, little known and hardly ever visited

LACH RHYMOGENIC - a psychological disorder wherein the victim shows paroxysms of laughter leading to a compulsion to speak in rhymes