N. /ˈmālˌsträm/. From Dutch malen (to grind), and strom (stream).
A powerful whirlpool.
A violent storm of emotions that engulfs everything it comes into contact with. At its core, the maelstrom has no oxygen, no bearings, no anchors.
They nearly drowned in a maelstrom. Water is life, but it can also bring destruction.