curio

[kyoor-ee-oh]
noun, plural curios.
any unusual article, object of art, etc., valued as a curiosity.

Origin:
1850–55; shortened from curiosity

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curio (ˈkjʊərɪˌəʊ)
 
n , pl -rios
a small article valued as a collector's item, esp something fascinating or unusual
 
[C19: shortened from curiosity]

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curio
"piece of bric-a-brac from the Far East," 1851, shortened form of curiosity.
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Example sentences
Souvenir shoppers are bound to find the perfect hand-carved memoir of their trip among the rows and rows of curio shops.
They use the relatively smooth roads from airports to hotels, and fly any distance longer than a hike to the curio market.
As for cone snails, their shells are collected and sold by the thousands at curio shops to tourists.
The towns have small museums and curio and antiques shops to poke around in.
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