From Middle English harsk. Century derived the term from Old Norse harskr (whence Danish harsk ("rancid"), dialectal Norwegian hersk, Swedish härsk); the Middle English Dictionary derives it from that and Middle Low German harsch ("rough") (whence also German harsch), from haer; the Oxford Dictionary of English derives it from Middle Low German alone.
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