peculiar

[15] The etymological notion underlying peculiar is of ‘not being shared with others’, of being ‘one’s own alone’. It was borrowed from Latin pecūliāris ‘of private property’, a derivative of pecūlium ‘private property’, which in turn was based on pecus ‘cattle’, hence ‘wealth’ (source also of English pecuniary [16]). (A parallel semantic progression from ‘cattle’ to ‘property’ is shown in English fee.) The development of the adjective’s meaning from ‘belonging to oneself alone’ through ‘individual’ to ‘extraordinary, strange’ took place in Latin. Peculate ‘pilfer, embezzle’ [18] also comes ultimately from Latin pecūlium. => PECUNIARY
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   Something peculiar is characteristic of a particular person or thing, and belongs to them alone. Hence the origin of the word in Latin peculiaris, the adjective of peculium, 'private property,' literally 'property in cattle,' from pecus, 'cattle.' The same source gave English pecuniary, 'relating to money,' since Latin pecunia, 'money,' literally meant 'riches in cattle.'

The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins. 2013.

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