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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 cu·ri·os·i·ty /ˌkjʊriˈɑs(ə)ti/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cu·ri·os·i·ty n.; pl. Curiosities
 1. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration. [Obs.]
    When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity.   --Shak.
    A screen accurately cut in tapiary work . . . with great curiosity.   --Evelin.
 2. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.
 3. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention.
    We took a ramble together to see the curiosities of this great town.   --Addison.
    There hath been practiced also a curiosity, to set a tree upon the north side of a wall, and, at a little hieght, to draw it through the wall, etc.   --Bacon.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n 1: a state in which you want to learn more about something
           [syn: wonder]
      2: something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting [syn: curio,
          oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity]