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A Ger can mean a stranger, foreigner and many other things but what is the origin? I have heard the Ibn Ezra say that it comes from the Hebrew word Gargir meaning a certain type of berry because it is severed form the branch. Can anyone provide a source.

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    I always thought it came from the word gur, which means "sojourn." A ger is one who sojourns among you. But this is not an explanation from the Mefarshim. – ezra May 3 '17 at 22:15
  • @ezra can you provide any sources for this? – Josh May 3 '17 at 22:18
  • @ezra There is something called a ger toshav - If you were to consider the term ger from "soujourning", then, perhaps the term ger toshav creates a redundancy! – DanF May 3 '17 at 22:25
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    @DanF - See Jastrow's definition of gur and ger. – ezra May 3 '17 at 22:29
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The אבן עזרא in Bereishis (15:13)

כי גר יהיה זרעך נקרא בלשון הקדש האיש שיש לו משפחה כסעיף שהוא דבק בשרש, על כן נקרא אזרח, כי טעמו כאזרח רענן (תה' לז, לה). וטעם גר כמו הגרגיר שנכרת מן הסעיף. ויש חסרי לב שזה הטעם רחוק בעיניהם. ואלו היו יודעים טעם כל אות וצורתו אז יכירו האמת

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    Good find. Makes sense to look at the 1st instance of the word! When possible, please translate or summarize the above. – DanF May 4 '17 at 15:18

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