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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Definitions for curio

  1. a valued, novel object; an object valued as a curiosity, often a collectible

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Citations for curio
It is tempting to think of [it] not as a novel but as a glittering artifact, something an acquisitive traveler might discover in a musty Venetian curio shop. David Willis McCullough, New York Times
Her latest addition, a fake yellow canary that she affixed to the front door, simply can't be ignored. With any luck, the cat will soon mistake the curio for a real bird and that will be the end of it. Ada Brunstein, New York Times
Origin of curio
1850-1855
by 1851, literally, "piece of bric-a-brac or art object from the far East," a shortened form of curiosity