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 for whitecap
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whitecap \White"cap`\, n.
     1. (Zool.)
        (a) The European redstart; -- so called from its white
        (b) The whitethroat; -- so called from its gray head.
        (c) The European tree sparrow.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. A wave whose crest breaks into white foam, as when the
        wind is freshening.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. A member of a self-appointed vigilance committee
        attempting by lynch-law methods to drive away or coerce
        persons obnoxious to it. Some early ones wore white hoods
        or masks. [U. S.] -- White"cap`, v. -- White"cap`per,
        [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Whitethroat \White"throat`\, n. (Zool.)
     Any one of several species of Old World warblers, esp. the
     common European species ({Sylvia cinerea), called also
     strawsmear, nettlebird, muff, and whitecap, the
     garden whitethroat, or golden warbler ({Sylvia
     hortensis), and the lesser whitethroat ({Sylvia curruca}).
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a wave that is blown by the wind so its crest is broken and
           appears white [syn: whitecap, white horse]

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