[rair-uh ey-vis; Latin rah-rah ah-wis]
noun, plural ra·rae a·ves [rair-ee ey-veez; Latin rah-rahy ah-wes] /ˈrɛər i ˈeɪ viz; Latin ˈrɑ raɪ ˈɑ wɛs/.
a rare person or thing; rarity.
Origin of rara avis
First recorded in 1600–10, rara avis is from the Latin word rāra avis rare bird
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Related Words for rara avisparadox, circumstance, sensation, experience, reality, incident, miracle, aspect, episode, anomaly, event, fact, phenomenon, oddity, curiosity, spectacle, marvel, stunner, exception, abnormality
noun plural rarae aves (ˈrɛəriː ˈeɪviːz)
an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing
Word Origin for rara avis
Latin: rare bird
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