One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ornamental trimming round the lower part of a sleeve. Also: a ruffle (of hair, etc.) of similar appearance. Now chiefly historical.
2Cell Biology. A sheath of microtubules which surrounds and extends tailwards from the nucleus of developing spermatids.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Court Magazine. From French manchette double cuff, oversleeve from manche sleeve + -ette.
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