What does speculum mean?

Definitions for speculum
ˈspɛk yə ləmspecu·lum

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word speculum.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. speculum(noun)

    a mirror (especially one made of polished metal) for use in an optical instrument

  2. speculum(noun)

    a medical instrument for dilating a bodily passage or cavity in order to examine the interior


  1. speculum(Noun)

    A medical instrument used during an examination to dilate an orifice.

  2. speculum(Noun)

    A mirror.

  3. Origin: From speculum, diminutive form from root spec-, to look at + diminutive suffix -ulum.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Speculum

    of Speculum

  2. Speculum(noun)

    a mirror, or looking-glass; especially, a metal mirror, as in Greek and Roman archaeology

  3. Speculum(noun)

    a reflector of polished metal, especially one used in reflecting telescopes. See Speculum metal, below

  4. Speculum(noun)

    an instrument for dilating certain passages of the body, and throwing light within them, thus facilitating examination or surgical operations

  5. Speculum(noun)

    a bright and lustrous patch of color found on the wings of ducks and some other birds. It is usually situated on the distal portions of the secondary quills, and is much more brilliant in the adult male than in the female

  6. Origin: [L., fr. specere to look, behold. See Spy.]


  1. Speculum

    Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies is a quarterly academic journal published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Medieval Academy of America. It was established in 1926. The journal's primary focus is on the time period from 500-1500 in Western Europe, but also on related subjects such as Byzantine, Hebrew, Arabic, and Slavic studies. The editor-in-chief is Jacqueline Brown.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Speculum

    spek′ū-lum, n. (opt.) a reflector usually made of polished metal: (surg.) an instrument for bringing into view parts otherwise hidden: an ocellus or eye-spot, the mirror of a wing: a lookout place:—pl. Spec′ula. [L.,—specĕre, to look.]

Anagrams for speculum »

  1. muscle up, muscle-up

  2. Muscle up

  3. Muscle-up

How to pronounce speculum?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say speculum in sign language?

  1. speculum


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculum in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of speculum in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Images & Illustrations of speculum

  1. speculumspeculumspeculumspeculumspeculum

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for speculum

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for speculum »


Find a translation for the speculum definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Український (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Discuss these speculum definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"speculum." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2020. Web. 7 Apr. 2020. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/speculum>.

Are we missing a good definition for speculum? Don't keep it to yourself...

Free, no signup required:

Add to Chrome

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Free, no signup required:

Add to Firefox

Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for speculum:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.