Definitions

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

  • n.pl. Things that are curiously unusual or excitingly strange: such gustatory exotica as killer bee honey and fresh catnip sauce.

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  • n. Plural form of exotic
  • n. curious, strange, unusual and exotic things.

Etymologies

Latin exōtica, from neuter pl. of exōticus, exotic; see exotic.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • He shows us his Silicon Projectile Centrifuge (a lovely lethal weapon that shoots marbles at high velocity), a combination lamp/bong, and other exotica from the halls of beautiful Eccentric Manors.

    Boing Boing

  • Where Esquivel is all over-the-top big-band pyrotechnics, Denny's music also known as exotica is mellow, quiet, dreamy, drawing from jazz, pop, classical and "third stream" music.

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  • I'm guessing it was no more "authentic" than the opera itself, which shamelessly indulges itself and the audience in exotica.

    Brahma, mon dieux!

  • If you're in some sort of exotica, which is to say some kind of twisted ARM, as we call them, you might want to re-fi into something longer term.

    CNN Transcript Mar 28, 2008

  • Today's financial "exotica," he said, are related to subprime mortgages and collateralized debt obligations, which are backed by pools of mortgage and other assets.

    For Fund Managers,

  • 'exotica' has intriguing connotations in our culture and I have become attached to it.

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  • So-and only because the customers liked the hint of sandalwood in the air when they came to examine his wares-and only because there was a fine receptacle for such offerings at the foot of the statue"Lord Ganesh's serpentine trunk breathed in the airs of sacrifice that afternoon, while Peter helped ladies with more money than taste select "exotica" for their parlors.

    The Serpent's Shadow

  • Jackson explains that "a lot of the inspiration came from old records by guys like Les Baxter who did quite a few 'exotica' records in the late '60s and early' 70s.

    RA News

  • And there's exotica like pomegranate or pistachio – a duo designed to match the pastel colour scheme.

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  • It could have so easily slipped into being a story of quaint exotica.

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