• WordNet 3.6
    • n curio something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Curio Any curiosity{3} or article of virtu; any object esteemed for its unusual nature. "The busy world, which does not hunt poets as collectors hunt for curios ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n curio Originally, an object of virtu or article of bric-à-brac, such as a bronze, a piece of porcelain or lacquer-ware, etc., brought from China or the far East; now, any bronze, or piece of old china or of bric-à-brac in general, especially such as is rare or curious: as, a collection of curios.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Curio kū′ri-o any article of virtu or bric-à-brac, or anything considered rare and curious
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Abbreviation of curiosity,


In literature:

He suggests a second-hand curio shop.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
Mr. Davies gave me some interesting curios brought from a village where a rather severe fight took place recently.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
He tapped the curio dealer lightly on the shoulder.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
We gathered curios, Turkish and German, from among its debris.
"With Manchesters in the East" by Gerald B. Hurst
It is positively one huge collection of curios.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 27, March 1893" by Various
They were all so interested in the curios and asked so many questions they came near forgetting the boat ride.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
I've no special knowledge of Oriental curios.
"The Brass Bottle" by F. Anstey
Every available space seemed occupied with costly knick-knacks and curios.
"The Moving Finger" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
He will have charge of the missionary maps, charts, and curios.
"Training the Teacher" by A. F. Schauffler
A line of arcades is connected with the house, beneath the shade of which one can go shopping at the little gem and curio stores.
"The Pearl of India" by Maturin M. Ballou
Innumerable apartments open out one from the other, all forming a great museum filled with all manner of curios and relics.
"The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine" by Francis Miltoun
After a time I learnt the price of nearly every curio in his store.
"Japan" by Dorothy Menpes
Take another instance from Stevenson, the beginning of "Markheim," where Markheim murders the dealer in curios.
"The Technique of Fiction Writing" by Robert Saunders Dowst
The girls were allowed to inspect and even to handle many of the beautiful curios.
"Loyal to the School" by Angela Brazil
Many of the curios are contributed by the fishermen, who are continually dragging forth in their nets objects strange to them.
"When the Cock Crows" by Waldron Baily
And here, Aunt Ruth, is the curio I promised to bring you.
"Harper's Round Table, July 16, 1895" by Various
She spent money freely on purchasing works of art and curios.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
We browsed about the curio and gift shops of Monterey, and the "Lame Duck's Exchange" of Pacific Grove.
"Across the Continent by the Lincoln Highway" by Effie Price Gladding
He collected facts, as an enthusiast collects curios, for purposes of decoration.
"The Vagabond in Literature" by Arthur Rickett
British officers haunt the bazaars searching for curios, but with very little success.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In poetry:

But lest I fall by subtler foes,
Bright wisdom teach me Curio's art,
The swelling passions to compose,
And quell the rebels of the heart.
"Spring" by Samuel Johnson
As she ceased and leaned on a cabinet,--
A curve of scintillant steel, keen, cold,--
Fell icily clashing; some curio met
Among Asian antiques, bronze and gold,
Mystical, curiously graven and set.
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

If ever a musical could be described as a theatrical curio, it's Sweet Charity.
John Derian could be the Platonic ideal of a Parisian curio store.
Reminiscent of simpler times, the Curio Collection rugs are inspired by vintage kitchen motifs but are interpreted for today's dining rooms and kitchens.
More Than Just a Curio .
If ever a musical could be described as a theatrical curio , it's Sweet Charity.
Don Juan Demarco f might have been just a forgettable curio about a young man who claims he's the world's greatest lover and the cynical psychiatrist who ends up believing him.
George Melissas is the king of curio.
Early efforts by Antonioni and Fellini elevate the curio factor of 1953 omnibus Love in the City.
Radiator Springs Curio Shop.
Movies with many different segments are – by nature – hit and miss, but the star power alone in 'Movie 43' should make it a curio to be curious about.
West Side Books & Curios.
Charlie Gunderson makes a number of curio cabinets from three main designs — with variations in style, size and glass.
"The September Issue," a documentary about how the staff of Vogue puts together that curio of profligacy, the magazine's fall preview, was a big hit at the recent Sundance Film Festival.
My wife and I recently went to a well-known furniture outlet store to look at a curio cabinet.
The young act's hooks come in miniature, little falsetto-dipped curios snaking over complicated drums and elliptical textures and riffs.

In science:

Curio, Chiral matter and transitions in heterotic string models, Phys.
Enlarging the Parameter Space of Heterotic M-Theory Flux Compactifications to Phenomenological Viability
Eigenstates of the operator L were termed ”nonlinear coherent states” (it is curios to note that a specific subclass termed ”Mittag-Lefler coherent states” does actually arise in micromasers in presence of loss and incoherent pump ).
Nonlinear coherent loss for generating non-classical states
Feigin, P.D. (1979) Some comments concerning a curios singularity, J.
Hypotheses Testing: Poisson Versus Self-correcting
Curio, “Deformations of bundles and the standard model,” Phys.
The Revival of (0,2) Linear Sigma Models