rare bird

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From rare + bird, translating Latin rara avis.

Noun[edit]

rare bird (plural rare birds)

  1. An unusual or exceptional person or thing; a 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.
  2. Used other than as an idiom: see rare,‎ bird.