RARA-AVIS: Rara Avis (OT)

From: M Blumenthal ( blumenidiot@21stcentury.net)
Date: 19 Sep 2001

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rara avis (RAR-uh AY-vis) noun, plural rarae aves (RAR-ee AY-veez)

   A rare person or thing.

[From Latin rara (rare) avis (bird).]

   "But the Clipper (Joe DiMaggio) was a rara avis, not merely a player of
   inimitable style but also a winner ...."
   Jonathan Yardley, Idol Worship, The Washington Post, Oct 22, 2000.

This week's theme: Latin terms.

Pronunciation: http://wordsmith.org/words/rara_avis.wav http://wordsmith.org/words/rara_avis.ram


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