The origin is uncertain. Has been compared to Lithuanian pérgas (“canoe”), Old Church Slavonic прагъ (pragŭ, “doorpost”), Old Norse forkr (“bar, stick”), but the meanings are too divergent.
pergula f (genitive pergulae); first declension
- A booth, stall or shop in front of a house
- A hut or hovel
- A brothel
- An arbour
- A framework supporting a vine or plant
- Michiel de Vaan (2008), Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages, Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, page 460