[ kyoo r-ee-oh-suh ]
/ ˌkyʊər iˈoʊ sə /

plural noun

books, pamphlets, etc., dealing with unusual subjects.
(in selling and collecting books) books, pamphlets, etc., containing pornographic literature or art; erotica.

Origin of curiosa

1880–85; < New Latin: unusual things, special use of neuter plural of Latin cūriōsus careful, inquisitive. See curious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌkjʊərɪˈəʊsə) /

noun (functioning as plural)

books on strange subjects, esp erotica

Word Origin for curiosa

New Latin: from Latin cūriōsus curious
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