[ vas-kyuh-luh m ]
/ ˈvæs kyə ləm /

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

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vasculum

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Each had slung over her shoulders a vasculum for botanical or other specimens, and each carried in her hand a copy of the notes.

British Dictionary definitions for vasculum


/ (ˈvæskjʊləm) /

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lums

a metal box used by botanists in the field for carrying botanical specimens

Word Origin for vasculum

C19: from Latin: little vessel, from vas
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