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avadavat

[av-uh-duh-vat] /ˈæv ə dəˌvæt/
noun
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
1770-1780
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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British Dictionary definitions for avadavat

avadavat

/ˌævədəˈvæt/
noun
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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Encyclopedia Article for avadavat

(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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