Definition of tui in English:

tui

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Pronunciation: /ˈtuːi
 
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noun

  • A large New Zealand honeyeater with glossy blackish plumage and two white tufts at the throat. Also called parson-bird.
    • Prosthemadura novaeseelandiae, family Meliphagidae
    More example sentences
    • In addition to the tui, another New Zealand species of honeyeater, known as the bellbird for its clear, bell-like call, commonly opens mistletoe flowers.
    • Furthermore, when the bellbirds, tuis, kaka, and native insectivorous birds attempt to feed on native invertebrates, they again face competition from wasps, which devour spiders, caterpillars, ants, bees, and flies.
    • Bell-birds and tuis - forest birds in the nectar-feeding family called honeyeaters - have brushlike tongues that enable them to lap up honeydew drops easily.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Maori.

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