Simple Definition of spume
: bubbles that form on ocean waves
Examples of spume in a sentence
<spume floating on the ocean>
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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
First Known Use of spume
Rhymes with spume
bloom, boom, broom, brume, combe, cwm, doom, flume, fume, gloom, glume, groom, khoum, loom, neume, plume, rheum, room, tomb, toom, vroom, whom, womb, zoom
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