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English

From Middle English *fak, fec, fæc (space, compartment), from Old English fæc (space of time, while, division, interval; period of five years, lustrum), from Proto-Germanic *faką (division, department, space), from Proto-Indo-European *pÀǵ- (to fasten, fix). Cognate with West Frisian fek, Dutch vak (section, compartment), German Fach (compartment), Swedish fack (compartment, box, department), Latin pangō (fasten, fix).