- adj. 特殊的；独特的；奇怪的；罕见的
- n. 特权；特有财产
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- peculiar:  The etymological notion underlying peculiar is of ‘not being shared with others’, of being ‘one’s own alone’. It was borrowed from Latin pecūliāris ‘of private property’, a derivative of pecūlium ‘private property’, which in turn was based on pecus ‘cattle’, hence ‘wealth’ (source also of English pecuniary ). (A parallel semantic progression from ‘cattle’ to ‘property’ is shown in English fee.) The development of the adjective’s meaning from ‘belonging to oneself alone’ through ‘individual’ to ‘extraordinary, strange’ took place in Latin. Peculate ‘pilfer, embezzle’  also comes ultimately from Latin pecūlium.
- peculiar (adj.)
- mid-15c., "belonging exclusively to one person," from Latin peculiaris "of one's own (property)," from peculium "private property," literally "property in cattle" (in ancient times the most important form of property), from pecu "cattle, flock," related to pecus "cattle" (see pecuniary). Meaning "unusual" is first attested c. 1600 (earlier "distinguished, special," 1580s; for sense development, compare idiom). Related: Peculiarly.
- 1. Flying at 1,000 ft. he heard a peculiar noise from the rotors.
- 2. The problem is by no means peculiar to America.
- 3. She was a very peculiar-looking woman.
- 4. All this has made me feel quite peculiar.
- 5. Rachel thought it tasted peculiar.
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