> I'm aware of two competing etymologies. <pârâu> is usuallyNever heard of that.
> connected with Albanian përrua (përroni) < pre-Albanian per-re:n-
> (Jokl's etymology. I don't know how he explains *re:n- -- a loan
> from Celtic?). It might also derive from per-ri:vus (Latin
> The Albanian connection is rather attractive and -re:n- > -rîuMost Romanian scholars give this word as from substrate. In his
> (-râu) is a possible Romanian development.