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- An unusual or exceptional person or thing.
- Synonym: rara avis
- 2010, "Coming back to bite him", The Economist, 14 Oct 2010:
- This makes him a rare bird, for most Democrats running for re-election are staying mum or apologising for their votes for reform.
- Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see rare, bird.
unusual or exceptional person or thing — see rara avis