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Sep 18, 2001
This week's theme
Latin terms used in English

This week's words
quid pro quo
rara avis
sine die
annus mirabilis
sub rosa

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rara avis

(RAR-uh AY-vis) Pronunciation
plural rarae aves (RAR-ee AY-veez)

noun: 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.

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