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From Middle High German pferrich, from Old High German pfarrich, pferrich (fence, enclosure), from Proto-Germanic *parrukaz (fence, enclosure), from Proto-Germanic *parr- (stake, bar, bolt, beam, fence-post), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)par- (beam, log). Akin to Old English pearruc (enclosure, paddock, fence), Old Norse parrak (enclosure, pond), Gothic *𐍀𐌰𐍂𐍂𐌰 (parra, enclosure) (whence Old Provençal parran (garden, enclosure), Spanish parra (trellis), Old High German sparro (beam, pole) (German Sparren (spar)). More at paddock, park.


  • IPA(key): /pfɛʁç/, /pfɛɐ̯ç/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ç/ (most speakers in northern and central Germany)


Pferch m (genitive Pferchs or Pferches, plural Pferche)

  1. (for animals) a fold, a pen
  2. a small plot of land surrounded by a portable fence

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