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

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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 Add to this the craze for exotica, such as cryptocurrencies (see Free exchange), and the world is in the throes of a bull market in everything. The Economist, "The bull market in everythingAsset prices are high across the board. Is it time to worry?," 7 Oct. 2017

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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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