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(n) a mythological male ghost that lay on sleeping women and had sex with them; a nightmare; something that troubles and burdens one's mind like a nightmare. Origin: L in-, in + cubare, to lie => 'to lie upon' => 'the ghost who lies upon sleeping women.' The female counterpart of incubus was succubus. She was a female ghost that lay under sleeping men and had sex with them. (L sub-, under)