One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
In classical and modern Greece: a folk dance in which the dancers link hands to form a chain or circle, headed by a leader who intermittently breaks away to perform improvised steps.
Early 19th century. From modern Greek συρτός (Hellenistic Greek συρτός, name of a dance), use as noun of ancient Greek συρτός, adjective from σύρειν to drag along, sweep away + -τός, suffix forming verbal adjectives.
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