[ in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh, ing- ]
/ ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə lə, ˌɪŋ- /
plural noun, singular in·cu·nab·u·lum [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh m, ing-] /ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə ləm, ˌɪŋ-/.
extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
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Origin of incunabula
1815–25; < Latin: straps holding a baby in a cradle, earliest home, birthplace, probably equivalent to *incūnā(re) to place in a cradle (in- in-2 + *-cūnāre, verbal derivative of cūnae cradle) + -bula, plural of -bulum suffix of instrument; def. 1 as translation of German Wiegendrucke
OTHER WORDS FROM incunabulain·cu·nab·u·lar, adjectivepost·in·cu·nab·u·la, adjective
Words nearby incunabula
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British Dictionary definitions for incunabulum
/ (ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjʊlə) /
pl n singular -lum (-ləm)
any book printed before 1501
the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginnings
Derived forms of incunabulaincunabular, adjective
Word Origin for incunabula
C19: from Latin, originally: swaddling clothes, hence beginnings, from in- ² + cūnābula cradle
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