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[too-ee] /ˈtu i/
a black New Zealand honey eater, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae, having a patch of white feathers on each side of the throat, sometimes tamed as a pet.
Also called parson bird.
Origin of tui
First recorded in 1825-35, tui is from the Maori word tūī Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Several of these tui have been found containing instruments.

  • Soldiers when going to war call on tui for help, and they like to begin a battle on Tuesday.

  • tui was listened to attentively, as he every now and then put in a word.

    Charley Laurel W. H. G. Kingston
  • Other snares were set on the miro-trees, of whose sweet berries the pigeons and tui were particularly fond.

  • This tui of gems is so perfectly arranged and inventoried that the absence of any one of them would at once be perceived.

    From the Oak to the Olive Julia Ward Howe
  • The story is better known, however, by Anatole France's version, included in his "tui de Nacre" .

  • As an independent trader he had failed, chiefly because of the disastrous patronage of tui Tulifau.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • "You madman, Parker," began Carteret, and then tui threw her arms round her husband.

    Officer And Man Louis Becke
  • Not only was tui Tulifau every inch a king, but he was every second a king.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • tui Tulifau was a sympathetic monarch, whose queen, on occasions when he was particularly drunk, was known to beat him.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for tui


noun (pl) tuis
a New Zealand honeyeater, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae, having a glossy bluish-green plumage with white feathers at the throat: it mimics human speech and the songs of other birds
Word Origin
from Māori
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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