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From around 1755-1765, from the [[w:Template:lang:is language|Template:lang:is]][[Category:Template:lang:is derivations]] proper name Geysir, which menas and is the name of a hot spring in Iceland (Geysir’s English Wikipedia article). The word geysir literally means gusher, derived from the [[w:Template:lang:is language|Template:lang:is]][[Category:Template:lang:is derivations]] verb geysa (to gush), itself from Old Norse.

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geyser

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  1. (volcanology) A boiling natural spring which throws forth at frequent intervals jets of water, mud etc., driven up by the expansive power of steam.
  2. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) An instantaneous, and often dangerous, hot water heater using hot steam.
    • 1902: William Paton Buchan, Plumbing: A Text-book to the Practice of the Art Or Craft of the Plumber - Where a Geyser or hot-water heater is used it is a good and wise precaution to see that the bath-room, &c., when it is used is well ventilated.
    • 1998: Gordon S Riess, Confessions of a Corporate Centurion: Tales of International Adventures - Water was heated either on the gas stove, or on a wall mounted gas-fired "geyser" heater.
    • 2002: Alaine Polcz, One woman in the war: Hungary, 1944-1945 - It was here I saw a geyser gas water heater in a bathroom for the first time. (I was afraid of it).

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