[ in-kyuh-buh s, ing- ]
/ ˈɪn kyə bəs, ˈɪŋ- /


(of leaves) overlapping, with the upper part of each leaf covering the base of the leaf above it.
Compare succubous.

Origin of incubous

1855–60; < Latin incub(āre) to lie upon (see incubate) + -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for incubous


/ (ˈɪnkjʊbəs) /


(of a liverwort) having the leaves arranged so that the upper margin of each leaf lies above the lower margin of the next leaf alongCompare succubous

Word Origin for incubous

C19: from Latin incubare incubate
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