incunabulum

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English[edit]

An incunabulum.

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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 before the year 1501 in Europe.
    • August 1935, Clark Ashton Smith, Weird Tales, "The Treader of the Dust":
      Sebastian, a profound student of such lore, had long believed that the book was a mere medieval legend; and he had been startled as well as gratified when he found this copy on the shelves of a dealer in old manuscripts and incunabula.
    • 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.
  2. (chiefly in the plural) The cradle, birthplace, or origin of something.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From in- +‎ cūnābulum.

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Noun[edit]

incūnābulum n (genitive incūnābulī); second declension

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

Declension[edit]

Second-declension noun (neuter).

Case Singular Plural
Nominative incūnābulum incūnābula
Genitive incūnābulī incūnābulōrum
Dative incūnābulō incūnābulīs
Accusative incūnābulum incūnābula
Ablative incūnābulō incūnābulīs
Vocative incūnābulum incūnābula

References[edit]

  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) the origin, first beginnings of learning: incunabula doctrinae