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Monday, August 16, 2010

incunabulum

\in-kyoo-NAB-yuh-luhm\ , noun;
1.
The earliest stages or first traces of anything.
2.
Extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
Quotes:
Somewhere in the incunabulum of time the New Year lay awaiting birth. Outside, in the dark, and with none to call it friend, the old year was fading into death.
-- Edwin Markham, The real America in romance, Volume 12
Every sane soul is an incunabulum
-- David Graham, The grammar of philosophy: a study of scientific method
Origin:
Incunabulum derives, in the early printing press industry, from the Latin incuna, "to place a baby in a cradle."
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