barză

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Romanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Compare Aromanian bardzu ‎(white (of horses and mules)): both it can the Romanian word may derive from Albanian bardhë ‎(white), or are akin to it. Alternatively, the Romanian word may derive from a pre-Roman (Balkans) substrate, possibly from or via Dacian, from Proto-Indo-European *bhereg- ‎(white).

Another theory, though somewhat unlikely, suggests that its origin is a Vulgar Latin root *gardea, from Latin ardea (compare Spanish garza, Portuguese garça, also French barge). The confusion of g and b is somewhat unusual, but may be explained as a Balkan influence. Other cases in Romanian include limbă, rug, negură, întreba (compare also Sardinian bula, from Latin gula) [1].

A third proposal is borrowing from a Dacian word meaning "stork", derived from a Proto-Indo-European root *sr̥ǵos, also reflected in e.g. English stork, Ancient Greek πελαργός ‎(pelargós).[2]

Noun[edit]

barză f ‎(plural berze)

  1. stork

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Romanian Explanatory Dictionary
  2. ^ Witczak, Krzysztof Tomasz. 1991. "Indo-European *sr̥C in Germanic". Historische Sprachforschung 104:1, pp. 106–107.