\səkjˈuːbəs], \səkjˈuːbəs], \s_ə_k_j_ˈuː_b_ə_s]\
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A demon anciently believed to have intercourse with a woman during sleep, and to be the cause of lascivious dreams.
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
Some authors have used this word synonymously with nightmare. Others mean by it a female phantom, with which a man in his sleep may believe he has intercourse; - as Incubus has been applied to the male phantom, with which a female may dream she is similarly situate.
By Robley Dunglison
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- With fleshy stems. [Greek] With fleshy stems.