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cigar

[si-gahr]
noun
1.
a more or less cylindrical roll of tobacco cured for smoking, of any of various lengths, thicknesses, degrees of straightness, etc., usually wrapped in a tobacco leaf.
Idioms
2.
no cigar, Informal. not being a winning or successful effort, as if not good enough to earn a cigar as a prize: He made a good try at fielding the ball, but no cigar.

Origin:
1625–35; < Spanish cigarro

cigarless, adjective
cigarlike, adjective
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cigar (sɪˈɡɑː)
 
n
a cylindrical roll of cured tobacco leaves, for smoking
 
[C18: from Spanish cigarro, perhaps from Mayan sicar to smoke]

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cigar
1730, from Sp. cigarro, prob. from Maya sicar "to smoke rolled tobacco leaves," from sic "tobacco;" or from or infl. by Sp. cigarra "grasshopper."
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