[rair-uh ey-vis; Latin rah-rah ah-wis] /ˈrɛər ə ˈeɪ vɪs; Latin ˈrɑ rɑ ˈɑ wɪs/
noun, plural rarae aves
[rair-ee ey-veez; Latin rah-rahy ah-wes] /ˈrɛər i ˈeɪ viz; Latin ˈrɑ raɪ ˈɑ wɛs/ (Show IPA)
a rare person or thing; rarity.
noun (pl) rarae aves (ˈrɛəriː ˈeɪviːz)
an unusual, uncommon, or exceptional person or thing
c.1600, “peculiar person,” from Latin rara avis, literally “strange bird,” from rara, fem. of rarus “rare” (see rare (adj.1)) + avis “bird” (see aviary). Latin plural is raræ aves. Horace’s peacock (a Roman delicacy), Juvenal’s black swan (“Rara avis in terris, nigroque simillima cygno”).
[rair] /rɛər/ adjective, rarer, rarest. 1. coming or occurring far apart in time; unusual; uncommon: a rare disease; His visits are rare occasions. 2. thinly distributed over an area; few and widely separated: Lighthouses are rare on that part of the coast. 3. having the component parts not closely compacted together; not dense: rare gases; […]
- Rare back
verb phrase To gather one’s strength; poise oneself for action: She rared back and let him have it [1930s+; fr the verb rear, and the image of a horse rearing on its hind legs]
- Rare bird
noun phrase Someone or something quite different and remarkable: rare bird of a man who will do housework
[rair-bit] /ˈrɛər bɪt/ noun 1. . /ˈrɛəbɪt/ noun 1. another term for Welsh rabbit 1785, perversion of (Welsh) rabbit, as if from rare + bit. See Welsh.