Definition of rara avis in US English:

rara avis


  • another term for rare bird
    • ‘Pull it all together and you will have a rara avis to add zest to your party.’
    • ‘The author of some noteworthy ones, George Caleb Bingham, was himself a rara avis: a professional painter who was also a political candidate.’
    • ‘Heller is both a poet and critic, that well-plumed rara avis who flies effortlessly between poetry and criticism and adroitly links their dual legacies.’
    • ‘Ushenko is that rara avis in contemporary art, a big-hearted romantic satirist.’
    • ‘‘It can be stated without fear of contradiction,’ Thomas Baker writes, ‘that the truly clever or amusing law review article is the quintessential rara avis.’’
    • ‘By mating Western classical music with the musical traditions of his homeland - both popular and classical - Vali has been the foster-father to a beautiful hybrid, a rara avis.’
    rarity, rare person, rare thing, rare bird, wonder, marvel, nonpareil, nonesuch, one of a kind, find
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Latin, with reference to Juvenal's Satires, vi.165.


rara avis

/ˌre(ə)rə ˈāvis/