maelstrom

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From obsolete Dutch maelstrom (modern Dutch maalstroom),[1] from malen (to whirl, grind) (from Proto-Germanic *malaną) and stroom (stream).[2] Compare German Mahlstrom, Danish malstrøm.

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maelstrom (plural maelstroms)

  1. A large and violent whirlpool.
    • 2001Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl, p 212
      A hulking shape burst through the doorway and hurtled down the corridor, leaving a maelstrom of air currents in his wake.
  2. Any violent or turbulent situation.

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  1. ^ Maelstrom in the Merriam-Webster book of word histories
  2. ^ Maelstrom” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).