incunabula [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh, ing-]
plural noun, singular incunabulum [in-kyoo-nab-yuh-luh m, ing-]
1. extant copies of books produced in the earliest stages (before 1501) of printing from movable type.
2. the earliest stages or first traces of anything.
Origin: 1815-25; < Latin: straps holding a baby in a cradle, earliest home, birthplace, probably equivalent to *incūnā (re) to place in a cradle ( in- in-+ *-cūnāre, verbal derivative of cūnae cradle) + -bula, plural of -bulum suffix of instrument; def. 1 as translation of German Wiegendrucke
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