Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Ra’ra A’vis (Latin, a rare bird).

 Rappee.Rare Ben. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ra’ra A’vis (Latin, a rare bird).
A phenomenon; a prodigy; a something quite out of the common course. Black swans are now familiar to us; they are natives of Australia, and have given its name to the “Swan river.” At one time a black swan was emphatically a rara avis.   1
“Rara avis in terris nigroque simillima cygne.”

 Rappee.Rare Ben. 


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