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  1. a waxbill, Estrilda amandava, native to Asia, having in the male scarlet plumage with white dots on the sides and breast: raised as a cage bird.
Also amadavat.

Origin of avadavat

1770–80; earlier amaduvad, after Amidavad, a 17th century name (perhaps < Portuguese) for Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, from where the birds were first exported
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Historical Examples

  • Perhaps the most attractive of small foreign birds is the avadavat, a tiny, perky little soldier.

    What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes

    Dorothy Canfield Fisher

  • A popular proverb says the housewife keeps the parrot, the lover keeps the avadavat, and the thief keeps pigeons.

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    John Lockwood Kipling

British Dictionary definitions for avadavat


amadavat (ˌæmədəˈvæt)

  1. either of two Asian weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda, esp E. amandava, having a red plumage: often kept as cagebirds

Word Origin

C18: from Ahmadabad, Indian city from which these birds were brought to Europe
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