oddity
oddity odd"i*ty ([o^]d"[i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Oddities} ([o^]d"[i^]*t[i^]z). 1. The quality or state of being odd; singularity; queerness; peculiarity; as, oddity of dress, manners, and the like. [1913 Webster]

That infinitude of oddities in him. --Sterne. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is odd; as, a collection of oddities. [1913 Webster]


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