Definition of avadavat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈavədəˌvat/
(also amadavat /ˈam-/)


A small southern Asian waxbill that is often kept as a caged bird. The male has red or green plumage and a red bill.
  • Genus Amandava, family Estrildidae: the red avadavat (A. amandava) and the green avadavat (A. formosa).
Example sentences
  • Drive to Kumbhalgarh Fort where green avadavat and white-naped tit are possible and stone chat is usually seen in the fort.
  • The species name amandava and the common name of avadavat is derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat from where these birds were exported into the pet trade.
  • I was hoping to get a pair of green avadavats but the shop didn't have them anymore.


Late 17th century: named after the city of Ahmadabad in India, where the birds were sold.

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Syllabification: av·a·da·vat

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