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 (kyo͝or′ē-ō′sə, -zə)
Books or other writings dealing with unusual, especially pornographic, topics.

[New Latin cūriōsa, neuter pl. of Latin cūriōsus, inquisitive; see curious.]
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n (functioning as plural)
1. (Antiques) curiosities
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) books on strange subjects, esp erotica
[New Latin: from Latin cūriōsus curious]
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(ˌkyʊər iˈoʊ sə)
books, pamphlets, etc., dealing with unusual or pornographic subjects.
[1880–85; < Latin, neuter pl. of cūriōsus careful, inquisitive. See curious]
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a collection of oddities and rarities, especially books, often pornographic.
See also: Collections and Collecting
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.curiosa - books on strange or unusual subjects (especially erotica)
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
book - a written work or composition that has been published (printed on pages bound together); "I am reading a good book on economics"
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Way back in 1955 (the year Shooting Industry was first published, no less) the publication of Lewis Winant's book "Firearms Curiosa," devoted to odd and unusual firearms designs, was published.
This fascinating piece of clandestine jewelry would certainly be a highlight in any firearms curiosa collection.