sur·​tur·​brand | \ ˈsərtərˌbrand \
plural -s

Definition of surturbrand

: a variety of lignite in Iceland and the Faeroes occurring in seams between beds of volcanic rock

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History and Etymology for surturbrand

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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