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Are there etymology dictionaries for French available on the Internet? To wit, what's a French equivalent of http://etymonline.com/?

I already know about
TLF informatisé (TLFi), but often, it does not retrograde to Latin and PIE etymons;
Littré suffers from the same problem as TLFi, but is abrupter.

PS: This Area 51 question is similar.

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If you have access to a good library you can consult von Wartburg's Französisches Etymologisches Wörterbuch in 25 volumes. There is also an abridged French translation.

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The Littré is available online free of charge. It is old (1877) but can provide some interesting etymological insights

Example:

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  • Thanks, but Littré lacks sufficient details for many entries. I did know about it before, but I should've professed this. So would you mind please converting your answer into a comment?
    – user5306
    Aug 23, 2015 at 14:36
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    @LePressentiment Sorry comments get deleted too easily on SE. Sep 13, 2015 at 18:01
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Wiktionary has etymology entries going back to Old French, Latin, and Proto-Indo-European (PIE), e.g., https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bleu#Etymology.

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The text of "An etymological dictionary of the French language" is available at https://archive.org/stream/etymologicaldict00bracrich/etymologicaldict00bracrich_djvu.txt

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Limited etymological info for French (40,000 words), along with around 20 other languages: https://etymologeek.com/fra/a

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