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Compare Aromanian bardzu(white (of horses and mules)): both it and the Romanian word may derive from Albanian bardhë(white), or are akin to it. Alternatively, the Romanian word may derive from a pre-Roman substrate of the Balkans, 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]


barză f ‎(plural berze)

  1. stork



  1. ^ barză in DEX online - Dicționare ale limbii române (Dictionaries of the Romanian language), 2004-2017
  2. ^ Witczak, Krzysztof Tomasz. 1991. "Indo-European *sr̥C in Germanic". Historische Sprachforschung 104:1, pp. 106–107.