- 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
Henry Thomas Purchas
Of them the most celebrated was the son of Hongi's old antagonist, Te Waharoa.The Long White Cloud
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
George Lillie Craik
- NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses
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