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Surtsey

[ surt-see; Icelandic soort-sey ]
/ ˈsɜrt si; Icelandic ˈsʊərt seɪ /
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noun

an island south of and belonging to Iceland: formed by an undersea volcano 1963. About one mile (1.5 kilometers) in diameter; about 500 feet (150 meters) high.

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Origin of Surtsey

First recorded in 1960–65; from Icelandic; literally, “Surt's Island,” equivalent to Surt-, a proper name + -s, genitive singular noun ending + ey “island”; see origin at Surt, island
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