One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Indian musical instrument played with a bow, typically having two strings and a long neck.
Late 18th century. In some forms from French ravanastron from Tamil irāvaṇāstam and Telugu rāvaṇahastamu kind of fiddle from Sanskrit rāvaṇahasta forearm of Ravana from Rāvaṇa Ravana, the name of a demon and legendary king of Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) + hasta forearm, hand. In some forms directly from Sanskrit rāvaṇahasta.
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