rare
I. adjective (rarer; rarest) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin rarus Date: 14th century 1. marked by wide separation of component particles ; thin <
rare air
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2. a. marked by unusual quality, merit, or appeal ; distinctive b. superlative or extreme of its kind 3. seldom occurring or found ; uncommon Synonyms: see choice, infrequentrareness noun II. adjective (rarer; rarest) Etymology: alteration of earlier rere, from Middle English, from Old English hrēre boiled lightly; akin to Old English hrēran to stir, Old High German hruoren Date: 1784 cooked so that the inside is still red <
rare roast beef
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