Field Type of Issues

I retrieved all the fields from JIRA through the REST API ....            

But when i looked at its data type , i am a bit confused ..... The default field "Priority" is of data type List , ie a select list with multiple options , but hen i looked at the JSON for the REST API , it showing that the type is "Priority" ...... Not only this when i create a custom attribute say "Severity"  with select list as its data type , i am getting "String"  as its data type when i retrieve ..... Any idea on how to retrieve the exact data type ??

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The type in the metadata depends on how the field announces itself in the code, and there's no real way to know what type a field really is - if custom field selects say they're a string, that's it, you won't know any more about them

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