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On Thu, Jul 17, 2003 at 03:24:33PM -0400, John Leland wrote:
> According to my AHD "loch" is Scots Gaelic originally, but borrowed early
> enough that it had an ME form, which would make it a genuine ModEng word
> by my standards.

I'll buy that.

Apparently <loch> and <lake> are cognate, the latter coming into
English from Latin by way of French, the former from Old Irish
by way of Scots Middle English.  But I don't see any reconstructed
PIE root for it or any etymology going further back than
Old Irish and Latin.

-Mark