[ av-uh-duh-vat ]
/ ˈæv ə dəˌvæt /
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.
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Also am·a·da·vat [am-uh-duh-vat] /ˌæm ə dəˈvæt/ .
Origin of avadavat
First recorded in 1770–80; earlier amaduvad, after Amidavad, a 17th century name (perhaps from Portuguese ) for Ahmedabad, in Gujarat, from where the birds were first exported
Words nearby avadavat
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Example sentences from the Web for avadavat
A popular proverb says the housewife keeps the parrot, the lover keeps the avadavat, and the thief keeps pigeons.Beast and Man in India|John Lockwood Kipling
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
British Dictionary definitions for avadavat
/ (ˌævədəˈvæt) /
either of two Asian weaverbirds of the genus Estrilda, esp E. amandava, having a red plumage: often kept as cagebirds
Word Origin for avadavat
C18: from Ahmadabad, Indian city from which these birds were brought to Europe
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