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curiosity

noun uk   /ˌkjʊə.riˈɒs.ɪ.ti/ us    /ˌkjʊr.iˈɑː.sə.t̬i/

curiosity noun (INTEREST)

B2 [U] an eager wish to know or learn about something: to arouse/excite/satisfy someone's curiosity I'm burning with curiosity - you must tell me who's won! She decided to call her ex-boyfriend out of curiosity. "Why do you ask?" "Oh, just idle curiosity (= for no particular reason)."

curiosity noun (STRANGE OBJECT)

[C] something that is interesting because it is rare and unusual: Cars like mine are curiosities nowadays. I kept this old pot for its curiosity value (= the interest it has because it is unusual).
(Definition of curiosity from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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