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Topic: EARTH SCIENCES

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Modern Latin
Origin: Latin vertex, vortex; VERTEX

vortex

noun
     
vor‧tex plural vortices or vortexes [countable]
1HE a mass of wind or water that spins quickly and pulls things into its centre
2 [usually singular] written a situation that has a powerful effect on people's lives and that influences their behaviour, even if they do not want it to
vortex of
the vortex of emotions surrounding the case
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