Fr. bois m. 'wood (material), wood (small forest)' < OFr. bois 'wood (small forest; wood (material)', attested ca. 1100. Of Germanic origin, probably from OFrk. *bŏsk- 'bush', reconstructable from OHG, OS busc, the latter attested in placenames as early as 937, as well as in the compound brâmalbusc 'bramble, blackberry bush' (TLF). There has been some uncertainty concerning the direction of borrowing between Romance and Germanic languages. De Vries thinks Old Norse borrowed from MLat. boscus 'gathered wood' (AED). DAF argues that the early appearance of the word in Germanic excludes the hypothesis of borrowing from Romance into Germanic. TLF, OED, RF
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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