from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A genus of small conirostral oscine passerine birds, based on the Loxia astrilda of Linnæus, commonly referred to a subfamily Spermestinæ, of the family Ploceidæ, and held to cover a large number of African species.
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Haverdewatt. avadavat, the bird _estrelda amadara_; see LOLLAH