Incubus



[in-kyuh-buh s, ing-] /ˈɪn kyə bəs, ˈɪŋ-/

noun, plural incubi
[in-kyuh-bahy, ing-] /ˈɪn kyəˌbaɪ, ˈɪŋ-/ (Show IPA), incubuses.
1.
an imaginary demon or evil spirit supposed to descend upon sleeping persons, especially one fabled to have sexual intercourse with women during their sleep.
Compare (def 1).
2.
a nightmare.
3.
something that weighs upon or oppresses one like a nightmare.
/ˈɪnkjʊbəs/
noun (pl) -bi (-ˌbaɪ), -buses
1.
a demon believed in folklore to lie upon sleeping persons, esp to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women Compare succubus
2.
something that oppresses, worries, or disturbs greatly, esp a nightmare or obsession
n.

c.1200, from Late Latin (Augustine), from Latin incubo “nightmare, one who lies down on (the sleeper),” from incubare “to lie upon” (see incubate). Plural is incubi. In the Middle Ages their existence was recognized by law.

incubus in·cu·bus (ĭn’kyə-bəs, ĭng’-)
n. pl. in·cu·bus·es or in·cu·bi (-bī’)

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