>BUT more likely via Afro-Asiatic to Italic. The Luvian > Etruscan thing
> AS per a recent post, I do believe that the word is ultimate from IE
>Incidentally, this is precisely Woudhuizen's theory. But Beekes theory
> It probably came via Phoenician.But this is unsupported by linguistic and archaeological data.
> BTW: It would be good to know when iron weapons first turn up inEtruria, that would help determine the source
>Rick, have you heard of the Villanovian culture?