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spindrift

[spin-drift] /ˈspɪnˌdrɪft/
noun
1.
spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
Also, spoondrift.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift
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  • Runnels of spindrift avalanches began to pour down the face around us, and it became imperative to seek some kind of shelter.
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spindrift

/ˈspɪnˌdrɪft/
noun
1.
spray blown up from the surface of the sea
2.
powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name spoondrift
Word Origin
C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift
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Word Origin and History for spindrift
n.

c.1600, Scottish formation from verb spene, alteration of spoon "to sail before the wind" (1570s, 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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