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 (ĭn′kyə-năb′yə-ləm, ĭng′-)
n. pl. in·cu·nab·u·la (-lə)
1. A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
2. An artifact of an early period.

[New Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in-2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei- in Indo-European roots).]

in′cu·nab′u·lar (-lər) adj.


pl n, sing -lum (-ləm)
1. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) 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]
ˌincuˈnabular adj


(ˌɪn kyʊˈnæb yə lə, ˌɪŋ-), sing. -lum (-ləm).
1. books printed before 1501.
2. the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
[1815–25; < Latin: straps holding a baby in a cradle, earliest home]
in`cu•nab′u•lar, adj.


[ˌɪnkjʊˈnæbjulə] NPLincunables mpl


plInkunabeln pl, → Wiegendrucke pl
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