rara avis

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rara avis a rare or unique person
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rara avis rā′ra ā′vis, a rare bird: a remarkable person
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

That rara avis, an exception to all exceptions!
"The Lost City" by Joseph E. Badger, Jr.
This happy mortal, rara avis, was Dr. van Baerle, the godson of Cornelius de Witt.
"The Black Tulip" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
I have a presentiment, Jack, that this Daw is a rara avis!
"Marjorie Daw" by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
A hen that can lay and crow is a 'rara avis'.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
He is a rara avis in that country from the fact that he hates whiskey.
"The Doctor" by Ralph Connor
Mr. Vieweg was that rara avis amongst middle-class German business-men, a born sportsman.
"The Days Before Yesterday" by Lord Frederick Hamilton
He had evidently found a rara avis, and was enjoying the discovery to the full.
"Felix O'Day" by F. Hopkinson Smith
The "all-round" workman is a rara avis.
"Wage Earning and Education" by R. R. Lutz
He was a thorough-going total abstinence man, a "rara avis" in those days.
"'Three Score Years and Ten'" by Charlotte Ouisconsin Van Cleve
In truth thou wouldst be a rara avis shouldst thou not demand something.
"In Doublet and Hose" by Lucy Foster Madison
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In news:

AudioControl is that rara avis, an American company that actually manufactures A/V electronics - carrying comparatively rational price tags - in the US of A.
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