From Middle English arsenik, borrowed from Middle French arsenic, from Latin arsenicum, from Ancient Greek ἀρσενικόν (influenced by ἀρσενικός), from Semitic (compare Classical Syriac ܙܪܢܝܟܐ, Aramaic 𐡆𐡓𐡍𐡉𐡊𐡀), from *zarnīk (compare Persian زرنی), from *zarniya-ka- (compare Avestan 𐬰𐬀𐬭𐬀𐬥𐬌𐬌𐬀, Old Persian 𐎭𐎼𐎴𐎡𐎹, Sanskrit हिरण्य, Persian زر), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰelh₃-. More at yellow.
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