I've heard that Russian has no native words beginning with the letter
A. The claim is that the words appearing under A in dictionaries were all imported at some stage or another. Browsing through the dictionary does reveal that the words under A either have openly western origins (
авто-, анти-, анархия, акварель, алебастр...) or they represent objects of asian or oriental descent (notably fruits like
абрикос, ананас, арбуз, арахис...). It's also evident that these are all objects or concepts, i.e. nouns. There are next to no verbs or adjectives beginning with A except those derived from these foreign nouns.
The few apparently Russian words on A are archaic, rare and sometimes of obscure etymology (
аз - the old name of the letter A itself,
What's the explanation for this?