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[vas] /væs/
noun, plural vasa
[vey-suh] /ˈveɪ sə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology, Botany.
a vessel or duct.
Origin of vas
First recorded in 1645-55, vas is from the Latin word vās vessel


variant of vaso- before a vowel:
vasectomy. Unabridged
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  • If you vas not busy I should so like just one half-hour of conversation.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
  • It vas not so soft, sleeping on Frau Nature's heart in the desert, nicht wahr!

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • I beg your pardon,' says the artist, 'I quite forgot poor Mary vas dere.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook
  • Johann drew ze fatal nomper, and me vas not necessary to pe Soldat.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • Sister Mariechen vas sitting on a pench, and she ask me what I want.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • “He vas like to keep zings to himselfs,” said Jan Steenbock meaningly.

    The Island Treasure John Conroy Hutcheson
  • “I vas not do nuzzin,” replied Jan quietly, continuing to wipe his face.

    The Island Treasure John Conroy Hutcheson
British Dictionary definitions for vas


noun (pl) vasa (ˈveɪsə)
(anatomy, zoology) a vessel, duct, or tube that carries a fluid
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: vessel


combining form
a variant of vaso-
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Word Origin and History for vas

plural vasa, Latin, literally "vessel." Vas deferens (plural vasa defferentia) is from 1570s.

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vas in Medicine

vas (vās)
n. pl va·sa (vā'zə)
An anatomical duct or canal conveying any liquid, such as blood, lymph, chyle, or semen.

vas- pref.
Variant of vaso-.

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