from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
- n. An artifact of an early period.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A book, single sheet, or image that was printed — not handwritten — before the year 1501 in Europe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A work of art or of human industry, of an early epoch; especially, a book printed before a. d. 1500.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A book printed in the infancy of the art of printing. See incunabula, 3.
- n. In entomology, a cocoon.
New Latin incūnābulum, from sing. of Latin incūnābula, swaddling clothes, cradle : in-, in; see in-2 + cūnābula, cradle, infancy (from cūnae, cradle; see kei-1 in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin incūnābula ("cradle, origin"), from in- + cūnābula ("cradle"). (Wiktionary)