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 for Curious arts
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Curious \Cu"ri*ous\ (k?"r?-?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F.
     curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See
     1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct;
        careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]
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              Little curious in her clothes.        --Fuller.
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              How shall we,
              If he be curious, work upon his faith? --Beau. & Fl.
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     2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed;
        elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
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              To devise curious works.              --Ex. xxxv. 32
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              His body couched in a curious bed.    --Shak.
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     3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to
        research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; --
        sometimes with after or of.
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              It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after
              things that were elegant and beautiful should not
              have been as curious as to their origin, their uses,
              and their natural history.            --Woodward.
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     4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise;
        inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or
        plain; strange; rare. "Acurious tale" --Shak.
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              A multitude of curious analogies.     --Macaulay.
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              Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
                                                    --E. A. Poe.
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              Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of
              learning or sciense often bring to light curious
              results.                              --C. J. Smith.
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     Curious arts, magic. [Obs.]
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              Many . . . which used curious arts brought their
              books together, and burned them.      --Acts xix.
     Syn: Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.
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From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Curious arts
     (Acts 19:19), magical arts; jugglery practised by the Ephesian
     conjurers. Ephesus was noted for its wizard and the "Ephesian
     spells;" i.e., charms or scraps of parchment written over with
     certain formula, which were worn as a safeguard against all
     manner of evils. The more important and powerful of these charms
     were written out in books which circulated among the exorcists,
     and were sold at a great price.

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