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noun, plural va·sa [vey-suh] /ˈveɪ sə/. Anatomy, Zoology, Botany.
  1. a vessel or duct.
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Origin of vas

First recorded in 1645–55, vas is from the Latin word vās vessel
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Examples from the Web for vasa

Historical Examples

  • Vasa there,' pointing to a huge Danish hound, 'will find me for you, if need be.'

    Adrift in the Ice-Fields

    Charles W. Hall

  • Only Vasa knew of their existence outside myself and my dead father.

    The Green Mummy

    Fergus Hume

  • In him the best traits of the Vasa dynasty were admirably blended and enlarged.


    Victor Nilsson

  • He presented the artist with the Order of Vasa, set in brilliants.

  • Vasa was the family name of her father and the ancient king of Sweden.

    Historic Girls

    E. S. Brooks

British Dictionary definitions for vasa


noun plural vasa (ˈveɪsə)
  1. anatomy zoology a vessel, duct, or tube that carries a fluid
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin: vessel
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Word Origin and History for vasa



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vasa in Medicine


n. pl. va•sa ()
  1. An anatomical duct or canal conveying any liquid, such as blood, lymph, chyle, or semen.
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