Definition of tui in English:

tui

noun

  • A large New Zealand honeyeater with glossy blackish plumage and two white tufts at the throat.

    Also called parson-bird
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘First there's the tui, a grackle-size bird with blue-black and purple hues, filamentous white feathers woven through its nape and a white, tufty throat pompon worn like a bow tie.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a tui or a bellbird pops open a bud, all four petals spring back, and as the bird inserts its beak into the corolla to drink nectar, its head often brushes pollen onto the receptive stigma.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Maori.

Pronunciation

tui

/ˈtuːi/