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Barracks

means huts made of the branches of trees (Gaelic, barr, the top of anything; barrach, the top-branches of trees; barrachad, a hut made of branches). Our word is plural, indicative of the whole collection; but the French baraque is singular. (See B. K. S.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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