Other etymologies have been proposed: (i) according to Buck, perhaps <- Modern Gr. γομἀρι 'donkey' < Gr. γóμοζ 'load', "with transposition… or loanword from an unknown source" (CDB); (ii) according to Orel: < PAlb. *margë <- PGm. *marxjō - "cf. OHG. marha, mariha 'mare', marh, marah 'horse', ON. merr 'mare' and the like. The form magar was borrowed to other Balkan languages." (AED); (iii) according to Lahovary, borrowing from some substrate language (cited in DEX).
Buck, C., D. (1949). A dictionary of selected synonyms in the principal Indo–European languages: a contribution to the history of ideas. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Orel, Vladimir E. (1998). Albanian etymological dictionary. Leiden: Brill
DEX online (2004-2015). Dicționare ale limbii române. https://dexonline.ro/
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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