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incunable Syllabification: in·cu·na·ble
Pronunciation: /inˈkyo͞onəbəl/

Definition of incunable in English:


Another term for incunabulum.
Example sentences
  • Incunabula or incunables are the very first examples of books, pamphlets, and broadsides printed with moveable type in Western Europe.
  • A single image in black and white appears with the brief text concerning an overlooked incunable and its appropriate redating to make it congruent with that identification.
  • If there were any incunables in the University Library, which was dispersed in the 1550s, they are not among the books in the present-day Bodleian Library.


Late 19th century: via French from Latin incunabula (see incunabulum).

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