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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 657 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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HONEYMOON, the first month after marriage. Lord Avebury in his Origin of Civilization suggests that the seclusion usually associated with this period is a survival of marriage by capture, and answers to the period during which the husband kept his wife in retirement, to prevent her from appealing to her relatives ' The young of this species has the throat yellow. s W. A. Forbes published a careful monograph of this genus in the Proceedings of the Zoological Society for 1879, pp. 256-279. ' This bird, according to Sir Walter Buller (Birds of New Zealand, p. 88), while uttering its wild notes, indulges in much gesticulation, which adds to the suggested resemblance. It has great power of mimicry, and is a favourite cage-bird both with the natives and colonists. On one occasion, says Buller, he had addressed a large meeting of Maories on a matter of considerable political importance, when " immediately on the conclusion of my speech, and before the old chief to whom my arguments were chiefly addressed had time to reply, a tui, whose netted cage hung to a rafter_ overhead, responded in a clear, emphatic way, ' Tito!' (false). The circumstance naturally caused much merriment among my audience, and quite upset the zravity of the venerable old chief, Nepia Taratoa. ' Friend,' said he, laughing, ' your arguments are very good; but my mokai is a very wise bird. and he is not yet convinced!' " for release. Others suggest that as the moon commences to wane as soon as it is at its full, so does the mutual affection of the wedded pair, the " honeymoon " (with this derivation) not necessarily referring to any definite period of time.
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