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From Latin gubernāculum.


gubernaculum (plural gubernacula)

  1. (anatomy) Either of a pair of folds of peritoneum that attach to the caudal end of the gonads (testes in males and ovaries in females).



From gubernō (I steer) and -culum.


gubernāculum n (genitive gubernāculī); second declension

  1. the steering-oar, helm, rudder
  2. management


Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative gubernāculum gubernācula
Genitive gubernāculī gubernāculōrum
Dative gubernāculō gubernāculīs
Accusative gubernāculum gubernācula
Ablative gubernāculō gubernāculīs
Vocative gubernāculum gubernācula



  • gubernaculum in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • gubernaculum in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • gubernaculum in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • gubernaculum in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to hold the reins of government: ad gubernacula (metaph. only in plur.) rei publicae sedere
    • to hold the reins of government: gubernacula rei publicae tractare
    • to steer: gubernaculum tractare
  • gubernaculum in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • gubernaculum in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin
  • Morwood, James. A Latin Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.