rara avis

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin rāra avis (rare bird), from Juvenal's Satires.[1]

Noun[edit]

rara avis (plural rara avises or rarae aves)

  1. A rare or unique person or thing.
    Synonym: rare bird
    That Parsons girl is quite the rara avis if you ask me.
    • 2010, Kate De Goldi, The 10pm Question, Penguin Random House (→ISBN)
      Rara avis,’ she said. ‘That's what you are Frankie. A rara avis.’ She had pushed him out into the night then, to Uncle George and the waiting car.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Juvenal (c. 2nd century CE) Satire VI (in Latin), 165: “rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygno [a bird as rare upon the earth as a black swan]”

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin rāra avis (rare bird).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈra.ra ˈa.vis/, [ˌr̺är̺äˈäːvis̪]

Noun[edit]

rara avis f (uncountable)

  1. rara avis
    Synonym: mosca bianca

References[edit]

  • rara avis in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana