From Proto-Albanian *darkā, from Proto-Indo-European *dorkw-o-. Cognate to Ancient Greek δόρπον (dórpon, “supper, dinner; evening”). Has entered the declension of the fem. ā-stems. According to A. Lubotsky and M. de Vaan, considering the distribution of the term, both Greek and Albanian strongly suggest borrowings from an old Balcanic substrate source.
- eve of Christmas or New Year, eve of wedding, eve of circumcision (synet)