Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small box or case used for carrying collected plant specimens.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A container used by botanists to keep samples viable by maintaining a cool, humid environment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as ascidium, n., 1.
  • n. A tin box, commonly cylindrical or flattened, used in collecting plants.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A botanist's case or box for carrying specimens as he collects them.
  • n. In botany, same as ascidium, 2.
  • n. In anatomy: A small vessel; a vas.
  • n. The penis.

Etymologies

Latin vāsculum, small vessel; see vascular.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin small vessel. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Cap. In crastino mane venit quidam sacerdos frater ipsius Coiac postulans vasculum cum chrismate, quia Sartach volebat illud videre, vt dicebat, et dedimus ei.

    The iournal of frier William de Rubruquis a French man of the order of the minorite friers, vnto the East parts of the worlde. An. Dom. 1253.

  • Their sharp eyes quickly marked Simeon filling his vasculum with the coveted specimens, and, waving their hands in friendly greeting, two of them advanced at a gallop.

    Ainslee's, Vol. 15, No. 5, June 1905

  • The direction which follows orders the chrism to be poured "in modum crucis" - "et quique voluerit implet vasculum aqua benedictionis ad domos consecrandas et populus praesens aspergitur aqua benedicta".

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 3: Brownson-Clairvaux

  • Don't forget to take a vasculum or a basket, and a hammer for fossils, and be sure you put on strong boots.

    The Luckiest Girl in the School

  • At last Mr. Adiesen and his sister came from the house, the former carrying a vasculum and field-telescope, the latter burdened with shawls and umbrellas, which were an insult to the sun, smiling that day as he seldom condescends to smile on Hialtland.

    Viking Boys

  • Ayres, a nice gentle-mannered man, a bachelor and something of a recluse in his private house, where he lived alone and spent all his week-ends and holidays roaming about the plains with his vasculum in search of rare plants.

    Far Away and Long Ago

  • Here, I'll give you some collecting boxes, and lend you a vasculum and a net.

    Middy and Ensign

  • Long, peeping into the vasculum hung by a strap from his shoulder.

    Middy and Ensign

  • ‘A Voider to take vp the fragmentes, _vasculum fragmentarium, analactarium, vel aristophorum_.’

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • Nuttie was in a state of excitement that made her peculiarly unmanageable, and Miss Nugent was very grateful to Mr. Dutton for his sharp though general admonition against staring, while, under pretext of disposing of the umbrella and the vasculum, he stood up, so as to block the window till they were starting.

    Nuttie's Father

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