transitive verb

archaic : to clarify (something, such as wine or honey) by removing a surface scum : skim

intransitive verb

archaic : to cast off a scum : work off impurities in foam or scum

Word History


Latin despumatus, past participle of despumare to skim off, from de- + spuma froth

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“Despumate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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