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hongi

[hong-ee] /ˈhɒŋ i/
noun, New Zealand.
1.
a Maori greeting in which noses are pressed together.
Origin
1840-1845
1840-45; < Maori
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  • Maoris say hello by pressing their noses together in a greeting called hongi.
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hongi

/ˈhɒŋiː/
noun
1.
(NZ) a form of salutation expressed by touching noses
Word Origin
Māori
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