One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A manufactured object.
Mid 16th century (in an earlier sense). From classical Latin manūfactus, adjective (used as noun in the Vulgate translation of Acts 7:48, after ancient Greek χειροποίητος (Herodotus onwards; common in the Septuagint)) from manū, ablative singular of manus hand + factus, past participle of facere to make.
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