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succubus

[ suhk-yuh-buhs ]
/ ˈsʌk yə bəs /
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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.
Archaic. a strumpet; prostitute.

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Origin of succubus

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Medieval Latin, variant of Latin succuba succuba; cf. incubus

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH succubus

incubus, succubus
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British Dictionary definitions for succubus

succubus
/ (ˈsʌkjʊbəs) /

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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