A piece of bric-a-brac
Bric-a brac Bric"-a brac`, n. [F.] Miscellaneous curiosities and works of decorative art, considered collectively. [1913 Webster]

{A piece of bric-a-brac}, any curious or antique article of virtu, as a piece of antiquated furniture or metal work, or an odd knickknack. [1913 Webster]


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  • Bric-a brac — n. [F.] Miscellaneous curiosities and works of decorative art, considered collectively. [1913 Webster] {A piece of bric a brac}, any curious or antique article of virtu, as a piece of antiquated furniture or metal work, or an odd knickknack. [19 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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