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rara avis

[ rair-uh-ey-vis; Latin rah-rah ah-wis ]
/ ˈrɛər ə ˈeɪ vɪs; Latin ˈrɑ rɑ ˈɑ wɪs /
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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”
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British Dictionary definitions for rara avis

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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