One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The neck of a violin, guitar, or similar instrument.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in John Stainer (1840–1901), musicologist and composer. From French manche handle of a tool, neck of a violin (Cotgrave, 1611) from post-classical Latin manicus handle (in undated glosses; 1188 in a British source), ultimately from classical Latin manus hand, perhaps as a back-formation from manicula plough-handle.
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