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vasculum

[vas-kyuh-luh m]
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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.
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Origin of vasculum

First recorded in 1825–35, vasculum is from the Latin word vāsculum little vessel. See vas, -cule1
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Examples from the Web for vasculum

Historical Examples

  • 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

vasculum

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

C19: from Latin: little vessel, from vas
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