hongi

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hon·gi

 (hŏng′gē) New Zealand
intr.v. hon·gied, hon·gi·ing, hong·ies
To greet another or exchange greetings in Maori fashion by touching or pressing noses together.
n.
The act or an instance of making such a greeting.

[Maori, to smell, sniff, hongi, from Proto-Polynesian *songi.]

hongi

(ˈhɒŋiː)
n
NZ a form of salutation expressed by touching noses
[Māori]
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