Rarity meaning

râr'ĭ-tē
Something rare.
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The quality or state of being rare; infrequency of occurrence.
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The quality or condition of being rare.
  • Uncommonness; scarcity.
  • Excellence.
  • Lack of density; thinness.
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Something remarkable or valuable because rare.
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A measure of the scarcity of an object.
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(chemistry, of a gas) Thinness; the property of having low density.
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A rare object.
  • 2013 May-June, David Van Tassel, Lee DeHaan, “Wild Plants to the Rescue", American Scientist, volume 101, number 3:"Š.
    Plant breeding is always a numbers game. [...] In addition, we are looking for rare alleles, so the more plants we try, the better. These rarities may be new mutations, or they can be existing ones that are neutral"”or are even selected against"”in a wild population. A good example is mutations that disrupt seed dispersal, leaving the seeds on the heads long after they are ripe.
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Origin of rarity

  • Latin rāritās; compare French rareté. See also rare.
    From Wiktionary