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whitecap (n.)

1660s, of birds, from white (adj.) + cap (n.). Attested from 1773 in reference to breaking waves, from 1818 of mushrooms, and from 1891 in reference to "one of a self-constituted band in U.S. who committed outrages under pretense of regulating public morals" [OED].

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Definitions of whitecap

whitecap (n.)
a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and appears white;
Synonyms: white horse
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