2. (verb) to smell, sniff.
Ka hongi te wahine rā, ka whakatetere i tōna poho hei horomi i a Māui; nā ko te honginga atu, nā ka hongi ki te tonga, kāhore i piro mai ki tōna ihu; ka hongi ki te marangai, ki ngā hau katoa, hongi rawa atu ki te hauāuru, kua piro mai (NM 1928:12). / That woman sniffed and extended her chest to swallow up Māui; and when she sniffed she sniffed to the south, but could smell nothing; she sniffed to the east, and in all directions. When she eventually sniffed to the west, she smelt him.
3. (noun) pressing noses in greeting.
1. (personal name) (1772-1828) Ngā Puhi; leader, trader, military campaigner against tribes to the south from 1818 until his death.
(Te Kōhure Textbook (Ed. 2): 4;)