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spindrift

[ spin-drift ]
/ ˈspɪnˌdrɪft /
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noun

spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.

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Also spoondrift.

Origin of spindrift

1590–1600; variant of Scots speendriftspoondrift
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British Dictionary definitions for spindrift

spindrift
/ (ˈspɪnˌdrɪft) /

noun

spray blown up from the surface of the sea
powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name: spoondrift

Word Origin for spindrift

C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift
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