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hongi

[hong-ee]
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noun New Zealand.
  1. a Maori greeting in which noses are pressed together.
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Origin of hongi

Borrowed into English from Maori around 1840–45
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Examples from the Web for hongi

Historical Examples

  • (p. 227) And they came, and with them came Te Kahakaha, he who had been Hongi's chosen friend.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • He was a brave old warrior, and had also fought in the wars of Hongi Ika.

    Old New Zealand

    Earl of Pembroke.

  • Hongi raided Whangaroa and there received a dangerous wound.

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for hongi

hongi

noun
  1. NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses
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Word Origin

Māori
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