One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A device for holding the hands in the correct position when playing the piano or similar keyboard instrument. Now historical and rare.
2A small mould used in manufacturing or producing something by hand.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Peter Hawker (1786–1853), army officer and writer. From hand + mould.
hand mould/ˈhan(d) məʊld/
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