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[vas-kyuh-luh m] /ˈvæs kyə ləm/
noun, plural vascula
[vas-kyuh-luh] /ˈvæs kyə lə/ (Show IPA),
a kind of case or box used by botanists for carrying specimens as they are collected.
Origin of vasculum
First recorded in 1825-35, vasculum is from the Latin word vāsculum little vessel. See vas, -cule1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Each had slung over her shoulders a vasculum for botanical or other specimens, and each carried in her hand a copy of the notes.

    The Madcap of the School Angela Brazil
  • To carry the specimens, either the tin box (vasculum) or a portfolio, or both are required.

  • If you have a botanist's vasculum, by all means take it, for nothing can serve this purpose better.

    Butterflies and Moths

    William S. Furneaux
  • Don't forget to take a vasculum or a basket, and a hammer for fossils, and be sure you put on strong boots.

British Dictionary definitions for vasculum


noun (pl) -la (-lə), -lums
a metal box used by botanists in the field for carrying botanical specimens
Word Origin
C19: from Latin: little vessel, from vas
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