- 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.
Origin of tui
First recorded in 1825–35, tui is from the Maori word tūī
Also called parson bird.
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Examples from the Web for tui
Not only was Tui Tulifau every inch a king, but he was every second a king.
Tui Tulifau is down at the boat house broaching a case of my Scotch.
Tui was listened to attentively, as he every now and then put in a word.Charley Laurel
W. H. G. Kingston
Several of these tui have been found containing instruments.Surgical Instruments in Greek and Roman Times
John Stewart Milne
Soldiers when going to war call on Tui for help, and they like to begin a battle on Tuesday.Dramatic Reader for Lower Grades
- 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
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