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From Middle English schare, schere, from Old English scearu (a cutting, shaving, a shearing, tonsure, part, division, share), from Proto-Germanic *skarō (a division, detachment), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)ḱar-, *skar- (to divide). Cognate with Saterland Frisian skar, sker (a share in a communal pasture), Dutch schare (share in property), German Schar (band, troop, party, company), Icelandic skor (department). Compare shard, shear.


From Old Irish is ferr (it’s better), from Proto-Celtic *werros, from Proto-Indo-European *wers- (peak). Akin to Latin verrūca (steep place, height), Lithuanian viršùs (top, head) and Old Church Slavonic врьхъ (vrĭxŭ, top, peak). Compare Irish fearr.


Borrowed from English share.