succubus

[suhk-yuh-buh s]
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noun, plural suc·cu·bi [suhk-yuh-bahy] /ˈsʌk yəˌbaɪ/.

a demon in female form, said to have sexual intercourse with men in their sleep.Compare incubus(def 1).
any demon or evil spirit.
a strumpet or prostitute.

Nearby words

  1. succotash,
  2. succoth,
  3. succour,
  4. succuba,
  5. succubous,
  6. succulent,
  7. succulently,
  8. succumb,
  9. succursal,
  10. succus

Origin of succubus

1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin, variant of Latin succuba succuba; cf. incubus

Can be confusedincubus succubus

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British Dictionary definitions for succubi

succubus

noun plural -bi (-ˌbaɪ)

Also called: succuba a female demon fabled to have sexual intercourse with sleeping menCompare incubus
any evil demon

Word Origin for succubus

C16: from Medieval Latin, from Late Latin succuba harlot, from Latin succubāre to lie beneath, from sub- + cubāre to lie

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Word Origin and History for succubi

succubus

n.

late 14c., alteration (after incubus) of Late Latin succuba "strumpet," applied to a fiend in female form having intercourse with men in their sleep, from succubare "to lie under," from sub- "under" (see sub-) + cubare "to lie down" (see cubicle).

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