/av"euh deuh vat'/, n.
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.
[1770-80; earlier amaduvad, after Amidavad, a 17th century name (perh. < Pg) for AHMEDABAD, in Gujarat, from where the birds were first exported]

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also called  Red Avadavat, Red Munia, or Lal 
 (species Amandava, or Estrilda, amandava), plump, 8-centimetre- (3-inch-) long bird of the waxbill (q.v.) group (order Passeriformes), a popular cage bird. The avadavat is abundant in marshes and meadows of southern Asia (introduced in Hawaii). The male, in breeding plumage, is bright red with brown mottling and white speckling, hence another name, strawberry finch.

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  • Avadavat — Av a*da*vat , n. Same as {Amadavat}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avadavat — [av΄ə də vat′] n. a small waxbill (Estrilda amandava) of SE Asia, kept as a caged bird for its singing ability …   English World dictionary

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  • avadavat — noun Any of various estrildid finches of the genus Amandava Syn: amadavat …   Wiktionary

  • avadavat — n. amadavat, red weaver birds found in Asia that is frequently raised as cage birds …   English contemporary dictionary

  • avadavat — [ avədəvat] (also amadavat) noun a red or green South Asian waxbill sometimes kept as a cage bird. [Genus Amandava: two species.] Origin C17: named after the city of Ahmadabad in India …   English new terms dictionary

  • avadavat — av·a·da·vat …   English syllables

  • avadavat — /ævəˈdeɪvət/ (say avuh dayvuht) noun a small waxbill of India and South East Asia, Amandava amandava, often kept in aviaries and widely introduced, as into Egypt, Arabia, and certain Pacific islands. Also, amadavat. {variant of amadavat} …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Green Avadavat — Taxobox name = Green Avadavat status = VU | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Passeriformes familia = Estrildidae genus = Amandava species = A. formosa binomial = Amandava formosa binomial authority …   Wikipedia

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