tui

[too-ee]
noun
  1. 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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tui

noun plural tuis
  1. 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 for tui

from Māori
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