surturbrand

noun

sur·​tur·​brand
ˈsərtərˌbrand
plural -s
: a variety of lignite in Iceland and the Faeroes occurring in seams between beds of volcanic rock

Word History

Etymology

Icelandic surtarbrandr jet, surturbrand, from Surtr, giant fire demon in Scandinavian legend (akin to Old Norse svartr black) + Icelandic brandr firebrand, from Old Norse

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“Surturbrand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/surturbrand. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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