bibelot

bibelot

[bib-loh; French beebuh-loh]
noun, plural bibelots [bib-lohz; French beebuh-loh] .
a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity.

Origin:
1870–75; < French, equivalent to bibel- (expressive formation akin to bauble) + -ot noun suffix

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bibelot (ˈbɪbləʊ, French biblo)
 
n
1.  an attractive or curious trinket
2.  a miniature book
 
[C19: from French, from Old French beubelet, perhaps from a reduplication of bel beautiful]

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bibelot
"small curio," 1873, from Fr. bibelot "knicknack," from O.Fr. beubelet "trinket, jewel" (12c.), from belbel "plaything," a reduplication of bel "pretty."
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