[ vas-kyuh-luhm ]

noun,plural vas·cu·la [vas-kyuh-luh], /ˈvæs kyə lə/, vas·cu·lums.
  1. 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

Words Nearby vasculum Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vasculum in a sentence

  • 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.

  • To carry the specimens, either the tin box (vasculum) or a portfolio, or both are required.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for vasculum


/ (ˈvæskjʊləm) /

nounplural -la (-lə) or -lums
  1. a metal box used by botanists in the field for carrying botanical specimens

Origin of vasculum

C19: from Latin: little vessel, from vas

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