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Olivier wrote:
 > I've just looked at an old dictionnary of arabic words in iberic 
languages
 > and "mira" is not mentionned; thus I suppose it has nothing to do 
with Spanish
 > nor Portuguese

Correct. I had a look at some online Arabic etymological dictionary. The 
word for mirror is more precisely "mir'h" and it is derived from the 
verb "ra'" (to see). So probably it resembles French and English words 
only by chance.

-- Risto