hongi [hong-ee] ExamplesWord Origin noun New Zealand.

  1. a Maori greeting in which noses are pressed together.

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

  • (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.

    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

  • British Dictionary definitions for hongi hongi noun

    1. NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses

    Word Origin for hongi Māori

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