incunabulum definition

  • noun:
    • A book printed before 1501; an incunable.
    • An artifact of an early on period.
    • a novel, single sheet, or picture that has been imprinted — perhaps not handwritten — ahead of the year 1501 in Europe.
    • a-work of art or of human being business, of an earlier epoch; especially, a novel imprinted before a. d. 1500.
    • a novel printed within the infancy regarding the art of publishing. See incunabula, 3.
    • In entomology, a cocoon.

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