A celebrated ancient combat, the battle of "bruised noses," so called because the men of the party of Ngātoro-i-rangi struck their noses to draw blood, and then lying down, blood-stained, pretended to be dead, thus deluding the enemy who approached incautiously near.



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This article incorporates text from Maori-Polynesian Comparative Dictionary (1891) by Edward Tregear, which is in the public domain.