spindrift

[spin-drift]
noun
spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
Also, spoondrift.


Origin:
1590–1600; variant of Scots speendrift spoondrift

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spindrift (ˈspɪnˌdrɪft)
 
n
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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spindrift
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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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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