The Arabic word "Bark" comes from the root B-R-K ب ر ك which means stopping, and staying still, and all of its words branches from it. The word "Bark" بَرْك in particular means herd of camels sitting, and it is the plural form of "Barek" بارك, and Arabs say this to anything standing still or sitting, according to Lisan-ul Arab

I've searched the etymology dictionary and it appears that their evidence gets more probable than certain as we trace it. So, what I've mentioned is also probable, since this word ــ I mean "Bark"ــ is a classical Arabic word, and it is used long ago.

  • I'm not sure what you mean by "more probably than certain". Given that we're dealing with written records and widespread literacy is relatively new, we can never be certain. However, we know that English was heavily influenced by French and Germanic languages and that they contained similar words. Thus, it's very reasonable the assume that the word "park" entered English through them. There's no evidence for your borrowing claim other than "it's possible", which is true but it's also possible the similarity between "park" and "bark" are a coincidence. – acattle Feb 14 '14 at 15:11
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    It's very easy to settle. Google on "park etymology" and you'll find out that it didn't come from Arabic. There were no significant Arabic loanwords in English before Medieval times, so if it has roots in Proto-Germanic, Latin, Greek, or Celtic, it can't be an Arabic borrowing. – jlawler Feb 14 '14 at 19:57
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    In any case, since the original meaning of "park" is "enclosed space", there isn't much semantic similarity with the Arabic words you cite. – TKR Feb 16 '14 at 23:09

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