rarae aves

rara avis

[rair-uh ey-vis; Latin rah-rah ah-wis]
noun, plural rarae aves [rair-ee ey-veez; Latin rah-rahy ah-wes] .
a rare person or thing; rarity.

1600–10; < Latin rāra avis rare bird

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rara avis (ˈrɛərə ˈeɪvɪs)
n , pl rarae aves
an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing
[Latin: rare bird]

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rara avis
1607, "peculiar person," from L. (Juvenal, Persius), lit. "strange bird," from rara, fem. of rarus "rare" + avis "bird." Latin pl. is raræ aves.
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