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rare

adjective (NOT COMMON)    /reər/ US  /rer/
B1 not common; very unusual: a rare disease/species The museum is full of rare and precious treasures. a rare occasion/opportunity/visit/treat, etc. [+ to infinitive] It's very rare to find these birds in New England in winter. It's very rare to find someone who combines such qualities.Unique and unusualGood, better and best in terms of qualityScarce, inadequate and not enoughLacking things
(Definition of rare adjective (NOT COMMON) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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