Origin of Brawn
Middle English brawne, from Old French braon (“slice of meat, fleshy part, buttock”), from Frankish *brādon, accusative form of *brādo (“roasted meat, ham”), from Proto-Germanic *brēdô (“meat, roast”), from Proto-Indo-European *bhre- (“to burn, heat”), from Proto-Indo-European *bureue- (“to boil, bubble, burn”). Akin to Old High German brāto (“tender meat”) (German Braten (“roast”)), Old English brǣd (“flesh, meat”), Old Norse bráð (“raw meat”).
Middle English muscle from Old French braon meat of Germanic origin bhreu- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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