Definition of Hauhau in English:

Hauhau

(also Hauhauism)

noun

NZ
historical
  • [mass noun] (especially among white New Zealanders) a name for the Maori religious movement Pai Marire.

    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

Hauhau

/ˈhaʊˌhaʊ/