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 in Duden online