vomi'torium. Roman Antiq. Pl. vomitoria (also 8 -iums, erron. -iæ).

[Neuter sing. of L. vomitorius (cf. next); recorded only in pl. (Macrobius Sat. vi. iv).]

1. A passage or opening in an ancient amphitheatre or theatre, leading to or from the seats. Usu. pl.

1754 Dict. Arts & Sci. I. 129/2 They were entered by avenues, at the end of which were gates, called vomitoriæ.

1766 Smollett Trav. II. 228 The remains of two galleries one over another; and two vomitoria or great gateways at opposite sides of the arena.

1837 Antiq. Athens 48 Those numerous corridors and vomitoria which gave such free..access to all parts of a Roman theatre.

2. erron. A room in which ancient Romans are alleged to have vomited deliberately during feasts.

1923 A. Huxley Antic Hay xviii. 252 There strode in, like a Goth into the elegant marble vomitorium of Petronius Arbiter, a haggard and dishevelled person.

1965 R. Eberhart Sel. Poems 40 Good Boy Man! Your innards are put out, From now all space will be your vomitorium.