incubus

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noun in·cu·bus \ˈiŋ-kyə-bəs, ˈin-\

Definition of incubus

plural

incubi

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incubuses

  1. 1 :  an evil spirit that lies on persons in their sleep; especially :  one that has sexual intercourse with women while they are sleeping — compare succubus

  2. 2 :  nightmare 2

  3. 3 :  one that oppresses or burdens like a nightmare

Origin and Etymology of incubus

Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin incubare


First Known Use: 13th century


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incubus

play
noun in·cu·bus \ˈiŋ-kyə-bəs, ˈin-\

Medical Definition of incubus

plural

incubi

\-ˌbī, -ˌbē\play play also

incubuses

  1. 1:  an evil spirit at one time thought to lie on persons in their sleep; especially :  one thought to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women—compare succubus

  2. 2:  nightmare


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