from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, any one of certain umbrella-shaped appendages. See cut under pitcher-plant.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word umbraculum.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • From "C. Musonius Rufus" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

  • "The Umbraculum (Italian: Ombrellino, "little umbrella") is a historic piece of the papal regalia and insignia, once used on a daily basis to provide shade for the pope (Galbreath, 27). Also known as the pavilion, in modern usage the umbraculum is a symbol of the Roman Catholic Church and the authority of a pope over it. It is found in the contemporary Church at all the basilicas throughout the world, placed prominently at the right of their main altars. Whenever a pope visits a basilica, its umbraculum is opened."

    --From the Wikipedia page for umbraculum (

    August 7, 2012