1) that something is clearly and noticeably different or separate from other things
Three distinct languages are spoken in this region.
Please make sure to keep your opinions distinct from the facts when writing the article.
We're dealing with two distinct problems here.
2) that something is strong and obvious:
There is a distinct possibility that the flight will be canceled.
These cookies have a distinct cinnamon flavor.
When I met her, I got the distinct impression that she didn't like me.
The word distinctive means that something has qualities that make it noticeably different and easy to be identified or recognized. While distinct is neutral, distinctive often has a positive connotation of being good or special:
The male cardinal can be identified by its distinctive red feathers.
His thoughtful and poetic lyrics are a distinctive characteristic of his music.
One distinctive feature of this software is that it can automatically translate text from 50 languages.
This zebra houseplant is known for its large shiny leaves and dark green foliage deeply veined in white or yellow, reminiscent of zebra stripes. Their brightly colored flowers and bracts make for a prized display. They're usually pretty small at the time of purchase and many indoor gardeners consider them a short lived friend.
Because they are tropical, zebra plants prefer warm climates and will do well in average household temperatures around 70°F (20°C) and around 60°F (15°C) at night if they are kept out of drafts. They do need high humidity. Setting their pot on a tray filled with pebbles and water or regular misting should be an integral part of how to care for a zebra plant. Don't let the soil completely dry out, but water a little less frequently.