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From the neuter form of Old Swedish sälsyn, siäldsyn, siälsyn, siälffsyn. Compound of two parts. The first part is the same root as in sällan and sällsam, from Proto-Germanic *seldanē. The second part is -synt. Thus, literally, "seldom seen".


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sällsynt (comparative mer sällsynt, superlative mest sällsynt)

  1. scarce, rare, uncommon

Usage notes[edit]

  • The comparative may be expressed by ordinary comparation, sällsyntare, but the superlative is rarely seen in this form, and if so, mainly as predicative.


Inflection of sällsynt
Indefinite Positive Comparative Superlative2
Common singular sällsynt mer sällsynt mest sällsynt
Neuter singular sällsynt mer sällsynt mest sällsynt
Plural sällsynta mer sällsynta mest sällsynta
Masculine plural3 sällsynte mer sällsynta mest sällsynta
Definite Positive Comparative Superlative
Masculine singular1 sällsynte mer sällsynte mest sällsynte
All sällsynta mer sällsynta mest sällsynta
1) Only used, optionally, to refer to things whose natural gender is masculine.
2) The indefinite superlative forms are only used in the predicative.
3) Dated or archaic