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>> Aha. So "lox" is probably derived from Norwegian "laks," meaning
>> salmon, then. We would call this "r°ykelaks," literally smoked salmon,
>> but still...
>More likely both are derived from some older Germanic parent language.
I believe lax is the Norse word for salmon. It occurs in Irish place names
a lot e.g. Lax Weir in County Clare (http://www.ncte.ie/viking/phorts.htm).
It occurs more often morphed to "Leix", i.e. Leixlip (Salmon Leap), Abbeyleix.
We Irish like our Salmon. Bagels are harder to come by in these parts.
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