1. Not ordinary or usual; odd or strange: noticed a peculiar odor in the room. See Synonyms at strange.
2. Belonging distinctively or primarily to one person, group, or kind; special or unique: a species peculiar to the high desert.
1. A privilege or property that is exclusively one's own.
2. Chiefly British A church or parish under the jurisdiction of a diocese different from that in which it lies.
[Middle English peculier, personal, from Latin pecūliāris, from pecūlium, private property; see peku- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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