rara avis

noun
ra·​ra avis | \ ˌrer-ə-ˈā-vəs , ˌrär-ə-ˈä-wəs\
plural rara avises\ ˌrer-​ə-​ˈā-​və-​səz \ or rarae aves\ ˌrär-​ˌī-​ˈä-​ˌwās \

Definition of rara avis

First Known Use of rara avis

1607, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rara avis

Latin, rare bird

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