Bob Hilden: I have a client who wants to include "earth" in a list of words whose origins are Arabic. Neither my MW10 or AH suggests that its etymology might be from a semitic language. Anyone have any idea as to where her idea may have come from?
Bill Doggett: She may be connecting it to the Aryan word "ar" (to plow) but OED dismisses this connection as implausible. -Bill
F. Ojeda: Arabic word for "earth" is "ard" (confer German "Erde", Dutch "Aard"), but that doesn't implies an Arabic origin.....
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