- A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
- An artifact of an early period.
Origin of incunabulumNew Latin inc&umacron;nabulum, from sing. of Latin inc&umacron;nabula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in–2 + c&umacron;nabula, cradle, infancy (from c&umacron;nae, 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").