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[kyoo r-ee-oh] /ˈkyʊər iˌoʊ/
noun, plural curios.
any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.
Origin of curio
1850-55; shortened from curiosity Unabridged
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  • Souvenir shoppers are bound to find the perfect hand-carved memoir of their trip among the rows and rows of curio shops.
  • The towns have small museums and curio and antiques shops to poke around in.
  • He travelled the world to pursue his eccentric obsession, collecting stories and trivia as if filling an enormous curio cabinet.
  • They use the relatively smooth roads from airports to hotels, and fly any distance longer than a hike to the curio market.
  • Yet there are still riches to be found and-this is the joy of curio-collecting-each collector to his taste.
  • As for cone snails, their shells are collected and sold by the thousands at curio shops to tourists.
  • Far from being a curio, his hobby gives clues to the ocean's highway of currents.
  • Seahorses are commonly traded live for the aquarium trade and dead for the curio and medicinal trade.
British Dictionary definitions for curio


noun (pl) -rios
a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
Word Origin
C19: shortened from curiosity
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Word Origin and History for curio

"piece of bric-a-brac from the Far East," 1851, shortened form of curiosity (n.).

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