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 (ĭn′sĭ-pĭt′, ĭng′kĭ-)
The opening words of a text, especially when used in place of a title to identify an otherwise untitled work.

[From Latin, third person sing. present tense of incipere, to begin; see inception.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) here begins: used as an introductory word at the beginning of some medieval manuscripts
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(ˈɪn sɪ pɪt; Lat. ˈɪŋ kɪ pɪt)

the introductory words or opening phrase of a text or an opening phrase in liturgical music.
[1895–1900; < Latin: (here) begins, 3rd singular present indic. of incipere]
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The accompanying text is badly mangled; the initial itself is a wrong one, and the incipit that follows is a mess.
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Suppose that you were to wonder at last if I don't still have a notion, somewhere in the back of my mind, to comment on the already too-commented-on first line of Bouvard, namely, "As the temperature that day had risen to 33 degrees,* Boulevard Bourdon was completely deserted," I would respond that in a private sale I recently acquired a previously undiscovered portion of the original manuscript of Bouvard and Pecuchet (I wanted to scan it in and e-mail it to you as a surprise, but the file that was on my computer inadvertently disappeared this morning thanks to a mug of cocoa getting knocked over onto my keyboard), which happens to contain no less than sixteen different versions of this incipit, which is certainly significant, and I wanted to give them all to you here:
Some of the arrangements depict the manuscript's incipit lettering while others more modern interpretations of the chronicles.
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