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tūī

1. (noun) tūī, parson bird, Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae - a songbird that imitates other birds' calls and has glossy-black plumage and two white tufts at the throat.

I te herehere ka kitea he tūī tāna i roto i tana rahu (TP 6/1908:5). / In prison it was seen that he had a tūī in his basket.

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See also tute

tui

1. (verb) (-a) to sew, thread on a string, thread.

Ka pakaru ngā kākahu, ka tuia he kākahu mō rātou ki te kiri kekeno, he iwi toroa ngā ngira (TWM 20/2/1868:5). / When their clothes were ragged they sewed garments of seal skins and the needles were of albatross bone.

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2. (verb) (-a) to lash, lace, bind.

Kei ngā rangi ngahuru mā whā e heke mai nei ka tuia ngā taumanu o te waka (JPS 1957:221). / On the next fourteenth days the thwarts of the canoe will be lashed on.

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3. (verb) to put through (the arm or hand through a loop), arm in arm.


4. (noun) string (on which anything is threaded), lashing.

(Te Pihinga Textbook (Ed. 2): 152;)

Ko te pona o te tui a Kahukura he mea tītorea te pona (NM 1928:151). / The knot of the Kahukura's string was a slip-knot.

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kawau tūī

1. (noun) little black shag, Phalacrocorax sulcirostris - a wholly black shag with a green gloss, long, slender, dark grey bill, green eyes and black feet.

korokoro tūī

1. (noun) sweet singer, melodious voice.

Ka waiatatia ā rātou waiata – ngā waiata aroha, ngā hahani, ngā waiata mō te rongo, mō te pakanga, ngā mahi rēhia me ngā waiata kaioraora – hei whakaatu i te āhua o tō rātou ao. Ko Puhiwahine te korokoro tūī o rātou katoa (TTR 1994:93). / The songs that they sang - songs of love and hate, peace and war, jollity and derision - reflected the nature of their world. Puhiwahine was the sweetest singer of them all.

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2. (noun) articulate speaker, witty speaker.

Me he korokoro tūī te kaikōrero, ka kī te whare i te hunga kua whakarauika ki te whakarongo ki a ia (HJ 2017:61). / If the speaker is an articulate orator, the house will be full of people who have gathered to listen to him.

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tui whakaniko

1. (noun) embroidery.

tui raumata

1. (noun) tapestry.

tui kuira

1. (loan) (noun) quilting.

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