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Proto-IE: *ark-, *arkeut-
Meaning: a k. of thorny bush/tree
Old Indian: arká- m. `the plant Calotropis gigantea (the larger leaves are used for sacrificial ceremonies)'
Old Greek: árkeu̯tho-s f. `Wacholder, Juniperus', arkeu̯thís, -ídos f. `Wacholderbeere'
Slavic: *orkɨ̄tъ, *orkɨ̄tā `ракита', *orkosъ/*orgozъ: Czekh rákos, rokos `тростник' etc.
Baltic: *erk-š-ēt-ia- c., *erk-š-ia- c., *erk-ia- c.
Russ. meaning: дерево (колючее)
References: WP I 81

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