incipit definition by Webster's New World
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(here) begins: a word sometimes placed at the beginning of a medieval manuscript
Origin: Classical Latin
the beginning of something; specif., the first words of a medieval manuscript
incipit definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The beginning or opening words of the text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book.
Origin: From Latin, third person sing. present tense of incipere, to begin; see inception.