rara avis


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ra·ra a·vis

 (râr′ə ā′vĭs)
n. pl. ra·ra a·vis·es or ra·rae a·ves (râr′ē ā′vēz)
A rare or unique person or thing.

[Latin rāra avis : rāra, feminine of rārus, rare + avis, bird.]

rara avis

(ˈrɛərə ˈeɪvɪs)
n, pl rarae aves (ˈrɛəriː ˈeɪviːz)
an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing
[Latin: rare bird]

ra•ra a•vis

(ˈrɛər ə ˈeɪ vɪs)

n., pl. ra•rae a•ves (ˈrɛər i ˈeɪ viz)
a rare person or thing; rarity.
[1600–10; < Latin: rare bird]

rara avis

A Latin phrase meaning rare bird, used to mean an unusual thing or person.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rara avis - a rare or unique person
unusual person, anomaly - a person who is unusual

rara avis

noun oddity, one-off (informal), curiosity, anomaly, rarity, rare thing I persuaded this rara avis to tell his story.
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