Variant of incunabula
- the very first stages of anything; infancy; beginnings
- early printed books; esp., books printed before 1500
Origin: L, neuter plural , swaddling clothes, cradle origin from in-, inch(es) plush cunabula, neuter plural , a cradle, diminutive of cunae, feminine plural , a cradle from Indo-European an unverified form oinā, bed from base an unverified form kei-, to lie down from source home
- incunabular adjective
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