vade mecum

vade mecum

[vey-dee mee-kuhm, vah-]
noun, plural vade mecums.
1.
something a person carries about for frequent or regular use.
2.
a book for ready reference; manual; handbook.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin vāde mēcum literally, go with me

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vade mecum (ˈvɑːdɪ ˈmeɪkʊm)
 
n
a handbook or other aid carried on the person for immediate use when needed
 
[C17: from Latin, literally: go with me]

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vade mecum
"a manual," 1629, from L., lit. "go with me."
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