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incubus

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The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all.
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Etymology

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’.

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  • IPA: /ˈɪnkjuːbəs/

Noun

Singular
incubus

Plural
incubi

incubus (incubi)
1802 portrait of an incubus.
  1. An evil spirit supposed to oppress people while asleep, especially to have sex with women as they sleep.
  2. A feeling of oppression during sleep; night terrors, a nightmare.
  3. Any oppressive thing or person; a burden.
  4. (insect) One of a genus of parasitic insects.

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