The Quiz: Where does the word ‘volcano’ come from?
A An ancient poem
B The Latin word for ‘heat’
C The name of an island
The word ‘volcano’ comes from the name of Vulcano, an island that sits off the southern coast of Italy. Vulcano itself was named for Vulcan, the god of fire in ancient Roman religion and myth. And yes, the island has several volcanic calderas, including one active volcano.
The correct answer to this quiz is The name of an island.