I am translating a Canadian article, and here's a sentence I need some help with:
There are innumerable colour choices when choosing gladioli corms but until recent years, those colours classed as smoky, were quite rare and hard to find.
My question is: does "quite rare" mean "very rare" or "fairly rare"? I know this "quite" ambiguity is a popular issue, but most of the info I've found focuses on the BE and AE, and this article is Canadian.
Many thanks in advance!