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 for Tears of St. Lawrence
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tear \Tear\ (t[=e]r), n. [AS. te['a]r; akin to G. z[aum]rhe,
     OHG. zahar, OFries. & Icel. t[=a]r, Sw. t[*a]r, Dan. taare,
     Goth. tagr, OIr. d[=e]r, W. dagr, OW. dacr, L. lacrima,
     lacruma, for older dacruma, Gr. da`kry, da`kryon, da`kryma.
     [root]59. Cf. Lachrymose.]
     1. (Physiol.) A drop of the limpid, saline fluid secreted,
        normally in small amount, by the lachrymal gland, and
        diffused between the eye and the eyelids to moisten the
        parts and facilitate their motion. Ordinarily the
        secretion passes through the lachrymal duct into the nose,
        but when it is increased by emotion or other causes, it
        overflows the lids.
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              And yet for thee ne wept she never a tear.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     2. Something in the form of a transparent drop of fluid
        matter; also, a solid, transparent, tear-shaped drop, as
        of some balsams or resins.
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              Let Araby extol her happy coast,
              Her fragrant flowers, her trees with precious tears.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     3. That which causes or accompanies tears; a lament; a dirge.
        [R.] "Some melodous tear." --Milton.
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     4. (Glass Manuf.) A partially vitrified bit of clay in glass.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  
     Note: Tear is sometimes used in the formation of
           self-explaining compounds; as, tear-distilling,
           tear-drop, tear-filled, tear-stained, and the like.
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     Tears of St. Lawrence, the Perseid shower of meteors, seen
        every year on or about the eve of St. Lawrence, August
        9th.
  
     Tears of wine, drops which form and roll down a glass above
        the surface of strong wine. The phenomenon is due to the
        evaporation of alcohol from the surface layer, which,
        becoming more watery, increases in surface tension and
        creeps up the sides until its weight causes it to break.
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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