incipit

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noun in·ci·pit \ ˈin(t)-sə-pət , ˈiŋ-kə-ˌpit ; in-ˈsi-pət , -ˈki- \

Definition of incipit

:the first part :beginning; specifically :the opening words of a text of a medieval manuscript or early printed book

Origin and Etymology of incipit

Latin, it begins, from incipere


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