plural noun, singular in·cu·nab·u·lum [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh m, ing-] /ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə ləm, ˌɪŋ-/.
Origin of incunabula
Related Words for incunabulainception, nonage, outset, minority, start, immaturity, beginning, childhood, pupilage
Examples from the Web for incunabula
Historical Examples of incunabula
The present number of volumes is about 115,000, of which over 2500 are incunabula.
But it is the books printed before 1474 that form the real Italian incunabula.Fine Books
Alfred W. Pollard
Will you first show Miss Thayer the illuminations and the rarest of the incunabula?The Spell
William Dana Orcutt
It hardly needs be told why so few of the incunabula of the Philippines have survived.Doctrina Christiana
Three of them appeared before the end of the fifteenth century, which places them among the incunabula of printing.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
pl n singular -lum (-ləm)
Word Origin for incunabula
"swaddling clothes," also, figuratively, "childhood, beginnings;" 1824, from Latin incunabula (neuter plural), ultimately from cunae "cradle," from PIE *koi-na-, from root *kei- "to lie; bed, couch."