tourbillion

noun
tour·​bil·​lion | \ tu̇r-ˈbil-yən How to pronounce tourbillion (audio) \
variants: or tourbillon \ tür-​bē-​yōⁿ How to pronounce tourbillion (audio) \

Definition of tourbillion

2 : a vortex especially of a whirlwind or whirlpool

First Known Use of tourbillion

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tourbillion

Anglo-French turbeillun, ultimately from Latin turbin-, turbo — more at turbine

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“Tourbillion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tourbillion. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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