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[kyoo r-ee-oh-suh]
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.
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Origin of curiosa

1880–85; < New Latin: unusual things, special use of neuter plural of Latin cūriōsus careful, inquisitive. See curious
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Examples from the Web for curiosa

Historical Examples of curiosa

  • A library of trivia, museum of curiosa, sideshow of freaks, and shrine of greatness.

    The Short Life

    Francis Donovan

  • "A recipe from the curiosa section of my medical book," he said.

    Problem on Balak

    Roger D. Aycock

  • This sort of thing, “lesbian” only remotely, belongs more properly to the field of curiosa.


    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Here is particularly observable the curiosa felicitas, a fruitful soil and careful cultivation.

  • It is the curiosa felicitas which Petronius ascribes to Horace in his Odes.

British Dictionary definitions for curiosa


noun (functioning as plural)
  1. curiosities
  2. books on strange subjects, esp erotica
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Word Origin for curiosa

New Latin: from Latin cūriōsus curious
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