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A thick sandwich filled with charcuterie and olive paste, a speciality of the Italian community in New Orleans. More fully "muffuletta sandwich".
1960s; earliest use found in New Orleans Magazine. From Italian regional (Sicily) muffuletta a round hollow-centred loaf of bread, perhaps from muffola + -etta, although this is uncertain and disputed. Perhaps compare Italian muffuliette Sicilian soft rolls flavoured with saffron and anise.
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