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

1590–1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift

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spindrift (ˈspɪnˌdrɪft)
1.  spray blown up from the surface of the sea
2.  powdery snow blown off a mountain
[C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift]

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1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1576, of uncertain origin) + drift. "Common in English writers from c 1880, probably at first under the influence of W. Black's novels" [OED].
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