From: Brian M. Scott
> --- On Sun, 11/9/08, Brian M. Scott <BMScott@...>No idea.
>> Or early (but post-Grimm) borrowings from Latin (probably
>> *punda 'pound', *katilaz 'kettle', the *kaup- family), or
>> the pre-Grimm borrowing *paido: 'cloak' (cf. Gk. <baíte:>
>> 'a shepherd's cloak') from some eastern language.
> Would this be the same word as Spanish bata "robe,
> nightgown" via Arabic? Is it originally from Persian?