Definition of Hauhau in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaʊˌhaʊ/
(also Hauhauism /ˈhaʊˌhaʊɪz(ə)m/)


[mass noun] NZ historical
(Especially among white New Zealanders) a name for the Maori religious movement Pai Marire.
Example sentences
  • In 1864 the religious cult of Pai Marire, or Hau-hauism, gained many adherents among the belligerent tribes and gave a fanatical savagery to the renewed conflict.
  • The fight at this place was well-nigh the end of Hau-hauism, for the British bullets laid low many a misguided enthusiast who relied on the prophet's promise of invulnerability.


From the Maori war cry of Hau! Hau!, from hau 'strike'.

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