[ rair-uh -ey-vis; Latin rah-rah -ah-wis ]
/ ˈrɛər ə ˈeɪ vɪs; Latin ˈrɑ rɑ ˈɑ wɪs /
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.
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Origin of rara avis
First recorded in 1600–10, rara avis is from Latin rāra avis “rare bird”
Words nearby rara avis
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British Dictionary definitions for rara avis
/ (ˈrɛərə ˈeɪvɪs) /
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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