Definition of avadavat in English:


Line breaks: ava|da¦vat
Pronunciation: /ˈavədəvat
(also amadavat)


  • A small South Asian waxbill that is widely kept as a cage bird. The male has red or green plumage and a red bill. Also called munia.
    • Genus Amandava, family Estrildidae: the red avadavat (A. amandava) and the green avadavat (A. formosa)
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    • 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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