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curiosa

[kyoo r-ee-oh-suh] /ˌkyʊər iˈoʊ sə/
plural noun
1.
books, pamphlets, etc., dealing with unusual subjects.
2.
(in selling and collecting books) books, pamphlets, etc., containing pornographic literature or art; erotica.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; < Neo-Latin: unusual things, special use of neuter plural of Latin cūriōsus careful, inquisitive. See curious
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curiosa

/ˌkjʊərɪˈəʊsə/
noun (functioning as pl)
1.
curiosities
2.
books on strange subjects, esp erotica
Word Origin
New Latin: from Latin cūriōsuscurious
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