vas·​cu·​lum ˈva-skyə-ləm How to pronounce vasculum (audio)
plural vascula ˈva-skyə-lə How to pronounce vasculum (audio)
: a usually metal and commonly cylindrical or flattened covered box used in collecting plants

Illustration of vasculum

Illustration of vasculum

Word History


borrowed from Latin vāsculum "small vessel," from vās "container" + -culum, diminutive suffix

First Known Use

1782, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vasculum was in 1782

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Cite this Entry

“Vasculum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


vas·​cu·​lum ˈvas-kyə-ləm How to pronounce vasculum (audio)
: an often cylinder-shaped box usually of metal that is used for the temporary storage of plants collected in the field
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