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)
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