post incunabula


[in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh, ing-]
plural noun, singular incunabulum [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luhm, ing-] .
extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
the earliest stages or first traces of anything.

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

incunabular, adjective
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incunabula (ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjʊlə)
pl n , sing -lum
1.  any book printed before 1501
2.  the infancy or earliest stages of something; beginnings
[C19: from Latin, originally: swaddling clothes, hence beginnings, from in-² + cūnābula cradle]

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