pond scum


Definition of pond scum

1 : any of various algae (especially spirogyra) or cyanobacteria
2 : a mass of tangled filaments of algae or cyanobacteria in stagnant waters

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The idea behind the venture was radical: Use synthetic biology, a promising new technology that lets scientists reengineer the genetics of living organisms, to take on the fossil-fuel industry—and do the whole thing with pond scum. David Ferry, Newsweek, "The Promises and Perils of Synthetic Biology," 11 Mar. 2015

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First Known Use of pond scum

1864, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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