An island or isle is any piece of sub-continental land that is surrounded by water.
Very small islands such as emergent land features on atolls can be called islets,
skerries, cays or keys. An island in a river or a lake island may be called an eyot
or ait, and a small island off the coast may be called a holm. A grouping of ...
Island: Island, any area of land smaller than a continent and entirely surrounded
by water. Islands may occur in oceans, seas, lakes, or rivers. A group of islands is
called an archipelago. Islands may be classified as either continental or oceanic.
Oceanic islands are those that rise to the surface from.
From earlier iland, from Middle English iland, yland, ylond, from Old English
īġland, īeġland, ēaland (“island”), from Proto-Germanic *awjōlandą (from Proto-
Germanic *awjō (“island, waterland, meadow”), from Proto-Indo-European *
h₂ekʷeh₂) + land (“land”), equivalent to ea + land. Cognate with Scots island,
iland, yland ...