Lizet Elaine (simplyn2deep) wrote in 1_million_words,
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Word of the Day 02/01/16 Incunabula

Incunabula (noun)
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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