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or Aetna

[et-nuh] /ˈɛt nə/
Mount, an active volcano in E Sicily. 10,758 feet (3280 meters). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Typhon, in the Greek mythology a fire-breathing giant, struck by a thunderbolt of Jupiter, and buried under Etna.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
  • The map of Etna, which I have been just looking at, looks like a sudden falling in, does it not?

  • How different it is from Etna, that lonely, self-conscious wonder of Sicily!

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
  • Empedocles stayed his feet among the groves of Etna to hear it.

    The Call of the Blood Robert Smythe Hichens
  • His face was pale and calm, but the calm was the calm of the gray crust of Etna.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • A quiet Vesuvius slew its thousands: Etna its tens of thousands.

    A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts
  • Groups of the villagers were gathered in the streets which looked upward to Etna and discussing the chances of an eruption.

  • And for aught I know, or do not know, he is sweeping the crater of Etna to this very day.

    The Water-Babies Charles Kingsley
  • Empedocles under Mt. Etna was no more imprisoned than is the life of to-day which is filled with the things of yesterday.

    The Life Radiant Lilian Whiting
  • Human vegetables are as unfortunate as those which live at the foot of Etna.

    Letters to an Unknown Prosper Mrime
British Dictionary definitions for Etna


Mount Etna, an active volcano in E Sicily: the highest volcano in Europe and the highest peak in Italy south of the Alps. Height: 3323 m (10 902 ft)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Etna

volcano in Sicily, from Latin Aetna, from an indigenous Sicilian language, *aith-na "the fiery one," from PIE *ai-dh-, from root *ai- "to burn" (see edifice).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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