plural noun
ex·​ot·​i·​ca | \ ig-ˈzä-ti-kə How to pronounce exotica (audio) \

Definition of exotica

: things excitingly different or unusual especially : literary or artistic items having an exotic theme or nature

Examples of exotica in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her brand of electronic music encompassed orchestral pop, world exotica and tribal choirs, a seamless strand of world music over head-bobbing rhythms. Kevin Williams, chicagotribune.com, "Lollapalooza 2019: Things we loved, 1 band we didn’t and a mayor sighting on day 1," 1 Aug. 2019 The album’s lush easy-listening atmosphere, foreshadowing Baxter’s later career as an impresario of exotica music, was at odds with the others’ contemporary tastes. Matthew Guerrieri, BostonGlobe.com, "A journey to the moon, by a master of the theremin," 3 July 2019 Massachusetts law forbids happy-hour drink specials, but a creative cocktail list includes such exotica as El Cubano, cinnamon tea infused with premium Absolut Elyx, lemon, mint and Prosecco. Rand Richards Cooper, courant.com, "The Federal, Agawam," 25 June 2019 Sometimes the craving for exotica meant creating whole new growing environments, none more adventurous than the rock garden. Adrian Higgins, Washington Post, "This unusual garden style could be a sustainable solution for urban landscapes," 5 June 2019 Bartenders Marie King and Ian Yarborough from Tonga Hut will be behind the stick at General Lee’s, serving all the vintage rum drinks of your dreams, while DJ Jonpaul Balak provides the soundtrack of classic exotica and surf. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "The Best Things to Do in L.A. This Week," 8 May 2018 If you, too, always wanted to drive JDM exotica like a Nissan Skyline, Toyota Century, or Mazda Cosmo, prepare yourself for good news. Devin Holody, Ars Technica, "A beginner’s guide to the world of weird and wonderful Japanese import cars," 26 Apr. 2018 Only two blocks long, this shabby lane full of competing aromas, lined with shops selling jewelry, antiques, knickknacks, artworks and, especially, Oriental rugs, has been a magnet for generations of foreign visitors looking for Afghan exotica. Rod Nordland, New York Times, "There Are No Chickens on Chicken Street. Now There Are No Customers Either.," 22 Apr. 2018 Shipley's interest in an exotica compilation was stoked after a friend turned him onto the web site The Exotica Project, which showed him how wide and deep the music ran. Gary Graff, Billboard, "'Technicolor Paradise' Is the 'Indie Version' of an Exotica Retrospective: Listen to Lost Curio 'My House of Grass'," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of exotica

1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for exotica

New Latin, from Latin, neuter plural of exoticus

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“Exotica.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exotica. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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