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Word of the Day – Maelstrom

By August 5, 2022Word of the Day

Maelstrom (noun)

mayl-strom

A powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river. / A situation or state of confused movement or violent turmoil.

Late 16th century from early modern Dutch (denoting a whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway), from maalen ‘grind, whirl’ + stroom ‘stream’.

Example sentences

“The noise from the maelstrom was a deafening roar.”

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