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caeruleancentaur wrote:

> I subscribe to the magazine "Parabola."  In an article entitled "The
> Celtic Tree of Life" by Mara Freeman occurs the following
> statement: "That most magical of Celtic trees, the oak, derives its
> Gaelic name (Old Irish "daur", Welsh "derw") from the Sanskrit
> word "duir," which gives us "door."

Well, the modern Irish for "door" is "doras". "Oak" is "dair".

> There are two PIE roots: *deru (with variations) which is the origin
> of the English "tree," and *dhwer (with variations) which is the
> origin of the English "door."  I believe the author of the above
> statement is wrong in deriving the Gaelic word from the PIE root for
> door.

"Tree", OTOH, is "crann" and in Welsh "Coeden". I think they're probably
wrong.

K.