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rico (Adjective) "wealthy;" "flavorful"
12th cent. From a Germanic source (compare Gothic reiks "powerful;" Old Saxon rīki, Old English rīce "rich"). Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *rīk(j)a- "rich," "powerful" - the laurels of a king. From earlier *rīk- "king." Borrowed from Proto-Celtic *rīg- 'id.' From Proto-Indo-European *h3rēǵ- 'id.' (whence rey).
Indo-European
Romance
Portuguese rico, Catalan ric, French riche, Italian ricco
Celtic
Gaulish Rigomagus "king's market," Old Irish "king," Old Welsh ri 'id.'
Indo-Iranian
Sanskrit rā́j- "king," Old Avestan rāzar- "rule"
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