cunabulum

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From cūnae +‎ -bulum (suffix forming a noun denoting vessel or place).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

cūnābulum n (genitive cūnābulī); second declension

  1. (especially in the plural) cradle
    • 44 BCE, Cicero, De Divinatione, book 1, XXXVI, 79:
      qui cum esset in cunabulis educareturque in Solonio, qui est campus agri Lanuvini; noctu lumine apposito, experrecta nutrix animadvertit puerum dormientem circumplicatum serpentis amplexu.
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  2. (metonymically) nest of living things
    • 29 BCE, Virgil, Georgics, book 4, line 66:
      Ipsae consident medicatis sedibus, ipsae/ Intima more suo sese in cunabula condent.
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    • 77–79, Pliny the Elder, Natural History, book 10, chapter 33, section 51:
      Nec vero iis minor solertia, quae cunabula in terra faciunt, corporis gravitate prohibitae sublime petere.
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  3. (metonymically) earliest abode, primary dwelling-place
    • aft. 23 BCE, Propertius, Elegies, book 3, elegy 1, line 27:
      Idaeum Simoenta Jovis cunabula parvi?
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    • bef. 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid, book 3, line 105:
      Creta Jovis magni medio jacet insula ponto,/ Mons Idaeus ubi, et gentis cunabula nostrae.
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  4. (metonymically) birth, origin
    • 44 BCE, Cicero, De Lege Agraria, chapter 36, section 100:
      Nam cum omnium consulum gravis in republica custodienda cura ac diligentia debet esse, tum eorum maxime, qui non in cunabulis, sed in campo sunt consules facti. (not by their descent)
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    • flor. 42, Columella, Res rustica, book 1, chapter 3:
      quod facit, qui nequam vicinum suis numis parat, cum a primis cunabulis, si modo liberis parentibus est oriundus, audisse potuerit, [...]. (from earliest childhood)
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    • flor. 163, Apuleius, Metamorphoses, or The Golden Ass, book 2, section 31:
      Dies a primis cunabulis huius urbis conditus crastinus advenit, quo die soli mortalium sanctissimum deum Risum hilaro atque gaudiali ritu propitiamus.
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Inflection[edit]

Second declension.

Case Singular Plural
nominative cūnābulum cūnābula
genitive cūnābulī cūnābulōrum
dative cūnābulō cūnābulīs
accusative cūnābulum cūnābula
ablative cūnābulō cūnābulīs
vocative cūnābulum cūnābula

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