Cigar-store-indian meaning

sĭ-gärstôr
A wooden effigy of a Native American holding a cluster of cigars, formerly used as the emblem of a tobacconist.
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(US) A sculpture, typically wooden and painted, of a Native American Indian, of the sort prominently used in tobacco stores.
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Origin of cigar-store-indian

  • From the once common use of sculpted wooden Indians as a symbol for tobacco selling.

    From Wiktionary