a toilet or something used as a toilet, as a trench in the earth in a camp, or bivouac area.
a lavatory, as in a barracks, camp, etc
c.1300, probably from Latin latrina, contraction of lavatrina “washbasin, washroom,” from lavatus, past participle of lavare “to wash” (see lave) + -trina, suffix denoting “workplace.” Its reappearance in 1640s is probably a re-borrowing from French; especially of a privy of a camp, barracks, college, hospital, etc. Latrine rumor “baseless gossip” (of the kind that spreads in conversations in latrines) is military slang, first recorded 1918.
- Latrine lawyer
noun phrase A soldier who is argumentative, esp on fine points, and tends to be a meddler, complainer, and self-server (1940s+ Army)
- Latrine rumor
noun phrase An idle rumor that probably has no basis in fact (WWI Army)
Latrodectus Lat·ro·dec·tus (lāt’rə-děk’təs) n. A genus of small spiders, including the black widow, capable of inflicting highly poisonous, neurotoxic bites.
latrorse (lāt’rôrs’) Relating to anthers that open or split toward the side, toward other anthers, and not toward or away from the central axis around which a flower is arranged.