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  • n. An unusual or exceptional person or thing; a rara avis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a rare or unique person


From rare + bird, translating Latin rara avis. (Wiktionary)


  • Cara screamed as Zoe watched her, playing a little with Samson’s ears, a bright, interested smile on her lips, as if she were hearing a rare bird call.


  • He encouraged the boys and young men to botanise and observe nature in all forms, and though he would never allow nests to be taken, or even eggs if he could help it, he would give little prizes for the noting of any rare bird or butterfly.

    Father Payne

  • SINCE we’re considering the connection between rarity and extinction, I should say something about the passenger pigeon, Ectopistes migratorius, now extinct despite having once been probably the least rare bird on Earth.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • It is said that the fine pinnated grouse, now becoming a very rare bird in this State, drinks only in this way, refusing water from a vessel, or a spring, but eagerly drinking when it trickles down in drops.

    Rural Hours

  • Not that rare bird the serial killer, but garden-variety one-corpse-type murderers.

    Blood Lure


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