noun, plural in·cu·bi [in-kyuh-bahy, ing-] /ˈɪn kyəˌbaɪ, ˈɪŋ-/, in·cu·bus·es.
- incubation patch,
- incubation period,
- incubative stage,
Origin of incubus
Examples from the Web for incubus
Other countries and sections of countries seek to rid themselves of all incubus of whatever kind.
Thus were his own thoughts twisted back to those speculations which now perpetually haunted them like the incubus of a dream.Children of the Mist|Eden Phillpotts
He would get rid of the incubus of Herman Medfield's money for a while—and see how it felt.Aunt Jane|Jennette Lee
The age which was in its wane when Chatterton appeared upon the stage, was lying beneath the incubus of scholastic formality.
The incubus of a foreign yoke weighed like lead on the hearts of the people.From the Lakes of Killarney to the Golden Horn|Henry M. Field
noun plural -bi (-ˌbaɪ) or -buses
Word Origin for incubus
c.1200, from Late Latin (Augustine), from Latin incubo "nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper)," from incubare "to lie upon" (see incubate). Plural is incubi. In the Middle Ages their existence was recognized by law.