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hongi

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒŋi
 
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Definition of hongi in English:

noun

NZ
A traditional Maori greeting in which people press their noses together.
Example sentences
  • The Maoris have a traditional greeting, called hongi, in which they touch faces so that their noses are pressed together.
  • In the marae, the hongi (touching of noses) is the accepted greeting.
  • Many Maori still practise hongi (rubbing noses) in greeting, particularly in formal/traditional settings.

Origin

Maori.

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