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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CuriOs should not be used to treat large defects that in the surgeon's opinion would fail to heal spontaneously.
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