How about the old Gaelic word for a 'forest' - Óruinn *ag-ro-ni-.
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> >The eDIL also has achaire, so apparently ach- could be found as well as
> >more normal aich(er), aich(re).
> >I like this aicher + rann.
> >On Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 9:09 AM, Dennis King <[log in to unmask]>
> >> Neil McLeod wrote:
> >> As the word is an o-stem, I wonder if it is a cpd with -crann, 'wood',
> >>> perhaps a late form of *'fo-chrann', 'under-growth'?)
> >> aicher (sharp) + rann (part, portion, section) > achrann =
> >> sharp/rough/cutting part (of field, forest) ??
> >> This would involve syncope and broadening of the resultant consonant
> >> cluster under the influence of the broad quality of the two r's.
> >> This is very speculative (and doubtful, I think) and would imply that
> >> word existed under the written radar for quite a few centuries. DIL
> >> to indicate that "aicher" was borrowed from Latin "acer". Is this the
> >> and is that relevant to the formation of such a compound?
> >> BTW, I haven't looked at the Scottish Gaelic Studies article yet.
> >> Dennis