Tree branches





  • From Middle English branche, braunche, bronche, from Old French branche, branke, from Late Latin branca ("footprint”, later also “paw, claw") (whence Middle High German pranke, German Pranke), of unknown origin.
  • Perhaps of Celtic origin, from a hypothetical Gaulish *vranca, from Proto-Indo-European. If so, then Indo-European cognates include Old Norse vró ("angle, corner"), Lithuanian rankà ("hand"), Old Church Slavonic рѫка ("hand"), Albanian rangë ("yardwork").
  • The verb is from Middle English braunchen, from the noun.

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