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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A curious or unusual object of art or piece of bric-a-brac.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A strange and interesting object which invokes curiosity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any curiosity{3} or article of virtu; any object esteemed for its unusual nature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Originally, an object of virtu or article of bric-à-brac, such as a bronze, a piece of porcelain or lacquer-ware, etc., brought from China or the far East; now, any bronze, or piece of old china or of bric-à-brac in general, especially such as is rare or curious: as, a collection of curios.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting

Etymologies

Short for curiosity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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