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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 & 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 Félix Gaffiot (1934), Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Paris: Hachette.
  • Meissner, Carl; Auden, Henry William (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.