from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An unusual object that arouses comment or interest.
- noun A genre painting, popular especially in the 18th century, depicting a group of fashionable people.
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- noun An unusual item, such as a
painting, or a tabletop knick-knackwhich encouragescomment from visitors, and so helps to break the ice.
- noun A painting of a
groupof people engagedin conversation or some other activity, popular in 18th century.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun something interesting that stimulates conversation
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