From Proto-Hellenic *ϝρόδον, borrowed from some Eastern language, most likely Old Persian *wr̥da- (compare Old Armenian վարդ (vard), Classical Syriac ܘܪܕܐ (wardā), Arabic وردة (warda) - all from the same source). Or it could possibly be a Pre-Greek loan, such as Thracian (the rose was native to Thrace).
- English: rhodium
- Robert S. P. Beekes (2010) Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, volume II, page 1290
- ^ Tucker, T.G., Etymological Dictionary of Latin, Ares Publishers, 1976 (reprint of 1931 edition).