- a Maori greeting in which noses are pressed together.
Origin of hongi
Borrowed into English from Maori around 1840–45
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Examples from the Web for hongi
(p. 227) And they came, and with them came Te Kahakaha, he who had been Hongi's chosen friend.
He was a brave old warrior, and had also fought in the wars of Hongi Ika.
Hongi raided Whangaroa and there received a dangerous wound.A History of the English Church in New Zealand</p>
Henry Thomas Purchas
Of them the most celebrated was the son of Hongi's old antagonist, Te Waharoa.The Long White Cloud</p>
William Pember Reeves
Near the end of the narrative, Rutherford gives an account of a great battle, in which the chief Hongi was a prominent figure.John Rutherford, the White Chief</p>
George Lillie Craik
- NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses
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