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A.Word.A.Day--rara avis

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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.


We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like? -Jean Cocteau, author and painter (1889-1963)

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