rara avis

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

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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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“Rara avis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rara%20avis. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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