incunabulum

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English[edit]

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An incunabulum

Etymology[edit]

From Latin incūnābulum (cradle, origin)

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˌɪn.kjʊˈnæb.jʊ.ləm/
  • (file)

Noun[edit]

incunabulum (plural incunabula)

  1. A book, single sheet, or image that was printed — not handwritten — before the year 1501 in Europe.
    • 2004, Luisa Graves (translator), Carlos Ruiz Zafón (author), The Shadow of the Wind,
      Something about him reminded me of one of those figures from old-fashioned playing cards or the sort used by fortune-tellers, a print straight from the pages of an incunabulum: his presence was both funereal and incandescent, like a curse dressed in its Sunday best.

Usage notes[edit]

  • This word is better known, and more widely used, in its plural form, incunabula.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From in- +‎ cūnābulum.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

incūnābulum n (genitive incūnābulī); second declension

  1. (chiefly in the plural) the apparatus of the cradle;
  2. birthplace, origin

Inflection[edit]

Second declension neuter.

Number Singular Plural
nominative incūnābulum incūnābula
genitive incūnābulī incūnābulōrum
dative incūnābulō incūnābulīs
accusative incūnābulum incūnābula
ablative incūnābulō incūnābulīs
vocative incūnābulum incūnābula