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From Late Latin incubus < Latin incubo ‘nightmare, one who lies down on the sleeper’ < incubare ‘to lie upon, to hatch’ < in- ‘on’ + cubare ‘to lie’ < Proto-Indo-European base *keu(b)- ‘to bend, to turn’.
- IPA: /ˈɪnkjuːbəs/
- An evil spirit supposed to oppress people while asleep, especially to have sex with women as they sleep.
- A feeling of oppression during sleep; night terrors, a nightmare.
- Any oppressive thing or person; a burden.
- (insect) One of a genus of parasitic insects.
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