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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 feminine 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 Balkan substrate source.[1]


darkë f (indefinite plural darka, definite singular darki, definite plural darkat)

  1. supper, dinner (evening meal)
  2. feast
  3. eve of Christmas or New Year, eve of wedding, eve of circumcision (synet) [2]
  4. evening
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  1. ^ Albanische Etymologien (Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz), Bardhyl Demiraj, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 7; Amsterdam - Atlanta 1997, p.123
  2. ^ Dictionnaire Français-Albanais / Fjalor Shqip-Frengjisht, page 444, Vedat Kokona, Tiranë, 2002, ISBN 99927-726-4-6