av·​a·​da·​vat | \ ˈavədəˌvat \
variants: or less commonly amadavat \ ˈamə-​ \
plural -s

Definition of avadavat

: a very small weaverbird (Estrilda amandava) native to southeast Asia but often kept as a cage bird, having the breeding male scarlet, darker above, and with white dots on wings and sides and the female and eclipse male olive brown above and grayish buff below

called also strawberry finch

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History and Etymology for avadavat

irregular from Ahmadabad, city in India from which it was imported to Europe

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“Avadavat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avadavat. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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