One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long thin cigar.
- ‘That first handful of novels, slim as panatellas, are testament to that.’
- ‘My strange - and remarkably lifelike - mental movie reel is still whirring as she stubs out her slim panatella and draws the story to a close.’
- ‘Cake and coffee finished, she pulled out a long slim panatella, lit up and smoked it full down, all the while watching the street scene through darkened glasses.’
- ‘Light another panatella, and get on the your horse, we have a race to win.’
- ‘After a lot of perfunctory goodbyes, and Cess waving to the bus as it pulled away while dabbing at his eyes with a hanky, Brownlegg beckoned everyone to the backseat while he had a sly smoke of his panatella.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin American Spanish panatela, denoting a long thin biscuit, from Italian panatello ‘small loaf’, diminutive of panata.
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