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noun
a carved wooden statue of a standing American Indian, formerly found before many cigar stores as an advertisement.
(often lowercase)Informal. a person who appears emotionless and unresponsive; a poker face.
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Origin of wooden Indian

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
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