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originally posted by: SkeptiSchism
There's also this, although Etymology online has since changed their definition;
"an enclosure," 1620s, alteration of Middle English parrock, from Old English pearroc "enclosed space, fence" (see park (n.)). Or possibly from Medieval Latin parricus (8c.), which ultimately is from Germanic.
The original wording was something like a hunter's trap, or enclosure used to slaughter game.