- A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
- An artifact of an early period.
Origin of incunabulumNew Latin incūnābulum from sing. of Latin incūnābula swaddling clothes, cradle in- in ; see in- 2. cūnābula cradle, infancy ( from cūnae cradle ; see kei- in Indo-European roots.)
- This word is better known, and more widely used, in its plural form, incunabula.
From Latin incÅ«nÄbula (“cradle, origin"), from in- + cÅ«nÄbula (“cradle").