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Indo-European etymology :

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Proto-IE: *ors- <PIH *o->
Meaning: buttock, anus
Hittite: arra- c. 'After, Gesäss' (Tischler 51-52)
Armenian: orr, pl. orrkh (i-St.) `Hinterer'
Old Greek: órro-s m. `Hinterer, After; Ende des os sacrum'
Germanic: *árs-a- m.
Celtic: OIr. err f. 'Schwanz, Ende'
Russ. meaning: ягодица, anus
References: WP I 138
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Germanic etymology :

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Proto-Germanic: *ársa-z
Meaning: buttocks, arse
IE etymology: IE etymology
Old Norse: ars, ras-s m. `Arsch, After''
Norwegian: rass
Old Swedish: ars
Danish: ars
Old English: ears (ärs), -es m. `breech, buttocks, hind part'
English: arse
Old Frisian: ers
Old Saxon: ars
Middle Dutch: ers, aers , eers, ars
Dutch: aars m., naars m.
Middle Low German: ārs, ēres
Old High German: ars (um 1000)
Middle High German: ars st. m. 'arsch'
German: Arsch m.
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Pokorny's dictionary :

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Number: 516
Root: ers- : orsos
English meaning: behind; tail
German meaning: `Hinterer, Schwanz'
Material: Arm. oṙ `Hinterer' (meist Pl. oṙ-k`, i-St.);

    gr. ὄρρος m. `Hinterer' (dazu οὐρά: f. `Schweif' aus *orsi̯ā) =

    ahd. ars, ags. ears m., aisl. ars, rass `Arsch' =

    hitt. a-ar-ra-áš (arras), Dat. ar-ri-iš-ši (arrisi); das -si enklit. Pronomen;

    e-stufig air. err (*ersā) f. `Schwanz, Ende' (auch des Streitwagens), davon eirr `Wagenkämpfer' (*ers-et-s), Gen. erred;

   

References: WP. I 138, Couvreur H̯ 98, Pedersen KG. II 101.
See also: wird vielfach als `Erhebung, vorstehender Körperteil' zu er-3 (oben S. 326) gestellt.
Pages: 340
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