WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
pe•cu•liar /pɪˈkyulyɚ/USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. strange;
    odd:a peculiar noise coming from the car engine.
  2. characteristic of some person, group, or thing:the peculiar properties of that drug.[be + ~ + to]an expression that is peculiar to Canadians.
pe•cu•liar•ly, adv. 

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peculiar /pɪˈkjuːlɪə/ adj
  1. strange or unusual; odd: a peculiar individual, a peculiar idea
  2. distinct from others; special
  3. (postpositive) followed by to: belonging characteristically or exclusively (to): peculiar to North America
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin pecūliāris concerning private property, from pecūlium, literally: property in cattle, from pecus cattle

peˈculiarly adv

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