surturbrand

noun sur·tur·brand \ˈsərtərˌbrand\

Definition of surturbrand

plural

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

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Origin and Etymology of 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 — more at swart, brand


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