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From Middle English, from Old English selcūþ, seldcūþ ‎(unusual, unwonted, little known, unfamiliar, novel, rare), from seld- ‎(rarely) + cūþ ‎(known); equivalent to seld +‎ couth.


selcouth ‎(comparative more selcouth, superlative most selcouth)

  1. Strange, unusual, rare; unfamiliar; marvellous, wondrous.
    • 1814, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Reprint edition, Penguin, published 2000, page 244:
      'A selcouth novelty,’ muttered the knight, ‘to advance to storm such a castle without pennon or banner displayed.'
    • 2002, Edward Cline, Sparrowhawk II: Hugh Kenrick[1], Digitized edition, Fiction, MacAdam/Cage Pub., ISBN 9781931561204, published 2011, page 318:
      The statements in either document are unique and selcouth.
    • 2007, Mark Youngblood Herring, “Caught in the Web”, in Fool's Gold: Why the Internet is no Substitute for a Library[2], McFarland, ISBN 9780786430826, page 37:
      Left to its own devices and without the Web as a vehicle for misinforming others, the selcouth dogmas that forbade sexual relations ...