Here in Spain, the word peineta
refers to the big comb that is used with a mantilla, a lace headcovering sometimes worn on very formal occasions.
Turn a peineta upside down and it sort of looks like a digitus impudicus, a one-fingered salute. And that’s another meaning of the word “peineta.”
You can see an example of it here, a photo a Spanish politician involved in a corruption investigation greeting the media:http://www.elmundo.es/elmundo/2013/02/17/espana/1361138434.html
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