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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.]


1. (Physical Geography) spray blown up from the surface of the sea
2. (Physical Geography) powdery snow blown off a mountain
Nontechnical name: spoondrift
[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]
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Noun1.spindrift - spray blown up from the surface of the sea
spray - water in small drops in the atmosphere; blown from waves or thrown up by a waterfall


[ˈspɪndrɪft] Nrocío m del mar, espuma f
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