Definition of rara avis in US English:

rara avis

nounPlural rarae aves

  • another term for rare bird
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ushenko is that rara avis in contemporary art, a big-hearted romantic satirist.’
    • ‘Pull it all together and you will have a rara avis to add zest to your party.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The author of some noteworthy ones, George Caleb Bingham, was himself a rara avis: a professional painter who was also a political candidate.’
    • ‘‘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.’’
    rarity, rare person, rare thing, rare bird, wonder, marvel, nonpareil, nonesuch, one of a kind, find
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Origin

Latin, with reference to Juvenal's Satires, vi.165.

Pronunciation

rara avis

/ˌre(ə)rə ˈāvis/