hongi

[ hong-ee ]
/ ˈhɒŋ i /

noun New Zealand.

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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British Dictionary definitions for hongi

hongi
/ (ˈhɒŋiː) /

noun

NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses

Word Origin for hongi

Māori
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