I will analyze in this paper the possibility for a common origin of a word that appears in Romanian as abur “vapor, steam”, in Albanian as avull (id.), and in Basque with two forms, as ibar “valley, watered meadow” and ibai “river”. Romanian abur and Albanian avull are words of the substratum vocabulary of these languages, with a common origin, the Romanian form being more primitive. If a connection between the Basque ibar / ibai and the PIE root of the previous Albanian and Romanian words could be established, then the three words would have had a common origin.

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