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nomenclature of plants/birds

Hello~ Is the word "rubus" (the genus of plant that creates rasp/black berries) pronounced rub or roob, is or us? I tried dictionary.com and didn't get a clear answer.

Also, I wanted to ask... the word "aves" (regarding birds) is pronounced "ay-vees" (long e) according to the sound file on dictionary.com. "Ave", like "ave maria" is pronounced "ah-veh". Why is "aves" pronounced in a different way? How do you instinctively read "aves"? Thanks!

If it helps, I'm a US resident without a strong accent.
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    To the memory of Vladislav Illich-Svitych. This is just to bring attention to something very ‘Nostratic’ (far beyond ‘Indo-European’ languages —…

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