From Middle English yarne, ȝern, yarn, from the Old English ġearn ("yarn, spun wool"), from Proto-West Germanic *garn, from Proto-Germanic *garną ("yarn"), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer-.
Akin to West Frisian jern, Dutch garen ("yarn"), German Garn ("yarn"), Danish garn, Swedish garn ("yarn, thread"), Icelandic garn ("yarn"), Latin hernia ("rupture"), Ancient Greek χορδή ("string"), Sanskrit हिर ("band"). Compare also the obsolete doublet garn.
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