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curiosity

noun  us   /ˌkjʊər·iˈɑs·ɪ·t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

[U] an eager desire to know or learn about something: Just out of curiosity I decided to go through the files.

curiosity noun (STRANGE OBJECT)

[C] something that is interesting because it is rare and unusual: The museum had a collection of mummies and Egyptian curiosities.
Translations of “curiosity”
in Korean 호기심…
in Arabic فُضول…
in Portuguese curiosidade…
in Catalan curiositat…
in Japanese 好奇心…
in Italian curiosità…
in Chinese (Traditional) 興趣, 好奇心, 求知慾…
in Russian любопытство, странность, редкость…
in Turkish merak, nadir şey, antika…
in Chinese (Simplified) 兴趣, 好奇心, 求知欲…
in Polish ciekawość, ciekawostka, osobliwość…
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