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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whirlpool \Whirl"pool`\, n. [1913 Webster] 1. An eddy or vortex of water; a place in a body of water where the water moves round in a circle so as to produce a depression or cavity in the center, into which floating objects may be drawn; any body of water having a more or less circular motion caused by its flowing in an irregular channel, by the coming together of opposing currents, or the like. [1913 Webster] 2. A sea monster of the whale kind. [Obs.] --Spenser. [1913 Webster] The Indian Sea breedeth the most and the biggest fishes that are; among which the whales and whirlpools, called "balaenae," take up in length as much as four . . . arpents of land. --Holland. [1913 Webster]