Pferch

GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /pfɛʁç/, /pfɛɐ̯ç/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /fɛɐ̯ç/ (most speakers in northern and central Germany)

NounEdit

Pferch m (genitive Pferchs or Pferches, plural Pferche)

  1. (for animals) a fold, a pen
  2. a small plot of land surrounded by a portable fence
Last modified on 7 February 2014, at 16:28