Definition of rare breed in English:

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rare breed


1A breed of livestock or poultry that is not associated with large-scale commercial farming, typically one that has traditionally been reared in a particular region: he rears various rare breeds including Gloucester Old Spot pigs [as modifier]: rare breed cattle
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  • Even in the White Park cattle (which are a carefully managed rare breed), black or brown calves still occasionally turn up.
  • One of the more unusual sights on the field were rare breed cattle, the striped belted Galloways.
  • I researched all the farmers' markets and spent time on a rare breed pig farm in Cumbria.
2A person or thing with characteristics that are uncommon among their kind; a rarity: she’s one of the rare breed of Hollywood stars who tread the fine line between commercial glory and art house credibility
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  • Truly cooperative games are a rather rare breed amongst board games.
  • Silicon Valley-style entrepreneurs are still a rare breed in both countries.
  • Hill is a paper conservator, a rare breed in the world of art conservation.
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