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 for maelstrom
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Maelstrom \Mael"strom\, n. [Norw., a whirlpool.]
     1. A celebrated whirlpool on the coast of Norway. Hence: any
        large or powerful whirlpool.
     Syn: whirlpool, vortex.
          [1913 Webster]
     2. Also (Fig.) An uncontrollable agitated or confusedly
        disordered state or situation; as, a maelstrom of vice.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of
           conflicting tides) [syn: whirlpool, vortex,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  112 Moby Thesaurus words for "maelstrom":
     Charybdis, Maelstrom, ado, agitation, back stream, backflow,
     backwash, backwater, bluster, bobbery, boil, boiling, bother,
     botheration, brouhaha, burst, bustle, churn, commotion, confusion,
     conturbation, countercurrent, counterflow, counterflux,
     discomposure, disorder, disquiet, disquietude, disturbance,
     dizzy round, ebullition, eddy, embroilment, excitement, feery-fary,
     ferment, fermentation, fever, feverishness, fidgetiness, fidgets,
     fit, flap, flurry, fluster, flutter, flutteration, flutteriness,
     foment, fume, fury, fuss, fussiness, gulf, gurge, gyre, hubbub,
     hullabaloo, hurly-burly, inquietude, jitters, jumpiness, malaise,
     moil, nerviness, nervosity, nervousness, perturbation, pirouette,
     pother, rat race, reel, refluence, reflux, regurgitation,
     restlessness, roil, round, rout, row, scramble, seethe, seething,
     spasm, spin, spurt, stew, stir, storm, surge, sweat, swirl, to-do,
     trepidation, trepidity, tumult, tumultuation, turbidity,
     turbulence, turmoil, turn, twirl, twitter, unease, unquiet, unrest,
     upset, vortex, wheel, whirl, whirlpool, whirlwind

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