whitecap

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

white +‎ cap

Noun[edit]

whitecap (plural whitecaps)

  1. Any of several birds having a white patch on the head.
  2. A wave having a white crest; a breaker.
  3. (US, historical) A member of a self-appointed vigilante committee that carried out lynchings. Some early ones wore white hoods or masks.