English For Perfection-Word Of The Day “MAELSTROM”

maelstrom

ˈmeɪlstrəm/
noun: maelstrom; plural noun: maelstroms
  1. a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river.
    synonyms: whirlpool, vortex, eddy, swirl;

    literaryCharybdis
    “we headed south, with one eye on the maelstrom to starboard”

Origin

late 17th century: from early modern Dutch (denoting a mythical whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’.

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