from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various estrildid finches of the genus Amandava

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as amadavat.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as amadavat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. red Asian weaverbirds often kept as cage birds


From the city Ahmadabad, source of the earliest specimens of Amandava amandava to be scientifically described. (Wiktionary)



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  • I thought I'd first seen this word just now, but it was already on my 'looked up' list so I must've seen it before. Well, here's where I most recently encountered it:
    "I'd draw every known bird in the world. Avadavat, turtle dove, chaffinch, bullfinch. It would be something to do and it would take care of time and give me some pleasure."
    Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch, p 287 of the Doubleday hardcover edition

    January 13, 2012