Latin for "cradle", used to refer to a book from the infancy of printing, which is to say one printed shortly after the Western development of movable type.
In`cu*nab"u*lum (?), n.; pl. Incunabula (#). [L. incunabula cradle, birthplace, origin. See 1st In-, and Cunabula.]
A work of art or of human industry, of an early epoch; especially, a book printed before A. D. 1500.
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