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vade mecum

[vey-dee mee-kuh m, vah-] /ˈveɪ di ˈmi kəm, ˈvɑ-/
noun, plural vade mecums.
1.
something a person carries about for frequent or regular use.
2.
a book for ready reference; manual; handbook.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin vāde mēcum literally, go with me
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vade mecum

/ˈvɑːdɪ ˈmeɪkʊm/
noun
1.
a handbook or other aid carried on the person for immediate use when needed
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, literally: go with me
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Word Origin and History for vade mecum
n.

"a manual," 1620s, Latin, literally "go with me."

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