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Old 12-12-2011, 09:15 AM
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Rack has good number of distinct etymologies:

1. Framework of bars - from Middle Dutch rac, rec, recke
2. Ruin or destruction; wrack - from Middle English wrak
3. A horse's gait - origin unknown, possible from rock, or from French racquassure
4. A group of drifting clouds, from Middle English rak, reck(e); also possibly from Old English racu, "cloud"
5. To draw off from the lees (like in beermaking or winemaking), from Old French, compare to raqué
6. The neck portion of mutton, goat, or veal - origin unknown