Origin of Rend
From Middle English renden, from Old English rendan (“to rend, tear, cut, lacerate, cut down"), from Proto-Germanic *hrandijanÄ… (“to tear"), of uncertain origin. Believed by some to be the causitive of Proto-Germanic *hrindanÄ… (“to push"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱret-, *kret- (“to hit, beat"), in which case would relate it to Old English hrindan (“to thrust, push"). Cognate with Scots rent (“to rend, tear"), Old Frisian renda (“to tear").
Middle English renden from Old English rendan
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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