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  • n. The earliest abode; original dwelling place; originals.
  • n. The extant copies of the first or earliest printed books, or of such as were printed in the 15th century.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. The earliest abode; original dwelling place; originals.
  • n.pl. The extant copies of the first or earliest printed books, or of such as were printed in the 15th century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cradle; hence, birthplace or early abode.

Etymologies

Latin cūnābula ("cradle"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The great number of windows in the ends of the houses, and their irregularity in size and position, here and elsewhere on the Cape, struck us agreeably, -- as if each of the various occupants who had their _cunabula_ behind had punched a hole where his necessities required it, and according to his size and stature, without regard to outside effect.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864

  • The so-called Incunabula (Lat. cunabula, pl., "cradle") 2.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • About 200 B.C. two brothers, Publius and Sextus Aelius, both citizens of consular and censorial rank, published a systematic treatise called _Tripertita_, which was long afterwards held in reverence as containing the _cunabula iuris_, the cradle out of which the vast systems of later ages sprang.

    Latin Literature

  • The great number of windows in the ends of the houses, and their irregularity in size and position, here and elsewhere on the Cape, struck us agreeably, -- as if each of the various occupants who had their cunabula behind had punched a hole where his necessities required it, and, according to his size and stature, without regard to outside effect.

    Cape Cod

  • Nostra Paula, [129] quae ex urbano palatio et opimis praediis in speluncam Bethleemiticam tantis itineribus peregrina cucurrit, ut ad Christi vagientis cunabula delitesceret.

    Ten Reasons Proposed to His Adversaries for Disputation in the Name of the Faith and Presented to the Illustrious Members of Our Universities

  • Ipfae confident medicatis fedibus; iplae Intima more fuo fefe in cunabula condent.

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera

  • Creta Jovis magni medio jaoet infula pontoj Mon/Idseus ubi, et gentis cunabula noffa».

    P. Virgilii Maronis Opera

  • _incunabula_, or cradle-books (from Latin _cunabula_, a cradle) a term applied to all works produced in the infancy of printing, and most commonly to those appearing before 1500.

    A Book for All Readers An Aid to the Collection, Use, and Preservation of Books and the Formation of Public and Private Libraries

  • Castaliusque mihi noua pocula fontis alumnus5 ingerit et late campos metatus apertos imponitque iugum uati retinetque corymbis implicitum ducitque per auia, qua sola numquam trita rotis. iuuat aurato procedere curru et parere deo: uiridis en ire per herbas10 imperat: intacto premimus uestigia musco; et, quamuis cursus ostendat tramite noto obuia Calliope facilis, insistere prato complacitum, rudibus qua luceat orbita sulcis. nam quis non Nioben numeroso funere maestam15 iam cecinit? quis non Semelen ignemque iugalem letalemque simul nouit de paelicis astu? quis magno recreata tacet cunabula Baccho, ut pater omnipotens maternos reddere mensis dignatus iusti complerit tempora partus?

    Exordium to a Poem on Hunting

  • Titanasque senes louis et cunabula magni15 et sub fratre uiri nomen sine matre parentis atque iterum patrio nascentem corpore Bacchum omniaque inmenso uolitantia lumina mundo. quin etiam ruris cultus legesque notauit militiamque soli; quod collis Bacchus amaret, 20 quod fecunda Ceres campos, quod Pallas utrumque, atque arbusta uagis essent quod adultera pomis, silurumque deos sacrataque flumina nymphis, pacis opus magnos naturae condit in usus. astrorum quidam uarias dixere figuras25 signaque diffuso passim labentia caelo in proprium cuiusque genus causasque tulere:

    The Theme of the Astrological Poet

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  • Also incunabula or incunables.

    October 14, 2008

  • (n. pl.) The earliest abode; original dwelling place; originals; as, the cunabula of the human race.

    (n. pl.) The extant copies of the first or earliest printed books, or of such as were printed in the 15th century.

    (Webster 1913)

    October 14, 2008