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Windblown sea spray. Also called spoondrift.
[Variant of Scots spenedrift : spene (variant of obsolete spoon, to run before the wind) + drift.]
nNontechnical name: spoondrift
1. (Physical Geography) spray blown up from the surface of the sea
2. (Physical Geography) powdery snow blown off a mountain
[C17: of Scottish origin, possibly from a variant of obsolete spoon to scud + drift]
spray swept by a violent wind along the surface of the sea.
[1815–25; Scots variant of spoondrift= spoon (of a ship) to run before the wind (of obscure orig.) + drift]