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mael·strom / ˈmālˌsträm; -strəm/ • n. a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river. ∎ fig. a scene or state of confused and violent movement or upheaval: the train station was a maelstrom of crowds a maelstrom of violence and recrimination.

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maelstrom a powerful whirlpool in the sea or a river, named (in the late 17th century, from early modern Dutch) after a mythical whirlpool supposed to exist in the Arctic Ocean, west of Norway. The use of maelstrom as a proper name seems to come from Dutch maps, for example in Mercator's Atlas (1595).

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maelstrom whirlpool in the Arctic Ocean off Norway; also gen. XVII. — early modDu. maelstrom (now maalstroom), f. maalen grind, whirl round + stroom STREAM.

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Maelstrom, whirlpool, Norway: see Moskenstraumen.

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