Definition of vomitorium in English:


Line breaks: vom¦it|orium
Pronunciation: /ˌvɒmɪˈtɔːrɪəm

noun (plural vomitoria /-rɪə/)

  • 1Each of a series of entrance or exit passages in an ancient Roman amphitheatre or theatre.
  • 2A place in which, according to popular misconception, the ancient Romans are supposed to have vomited during feasts to make room for more food.
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    • But consuming large amounts of food and drink while lying on one's side, waiting to use the vomitorium, is quite another.
    • I had read somewhere about the practice in ancient Rome of having a vomitorium.
    • Masters and slaves exchanged roles and both ‘ate and drank themselves insensible; they would lurch to the vomitorium and stagger back for the next course.’



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