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spume

play
noun \ˈspyüm\

Simple Definition of spume

  • : bubbles that form on ocean waves

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spume

  1. :  frothy matter on liquids :  foam, scum <ocean spume>

spumous

play \ˈspyü-məs\ adjective

spumy

play \-mē\ adjective

Examples of spume in a sentence

  1. <spume floating on the ocean>



Did You Know?

Spume is a word for froth or foam that has been a part of the English lexicon for more than 600 years. An early example is found in a 14th-century quotation from the English poet John Gower: "She set a cauldron on the fire … and let it boil in such a plight, till that she saw the spume [was] white." "Spume" was borrowed from Anglo-French espume or "spume," and can be traced further back to Latin spuma. "Spuma" is also akin to Old English "fām," a word that is the ancestor of the modern English "foam," a synonym of "spume." Another relative of "spuma" is "pumex," the Latin word for pumice, a volcanic rock with a somewhat foamy appearance that is formed from a rapidly cooling, frothy lava.

Origin and Etymology of spume

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin spuma — more at foam


First Known Use: 14th century


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spume

intransitive verb

Definition of spume

spumed

spuming

  1. :  froth, foam



14th Century

First Known Use of spume

14th century


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