spume

noun
\ˈspyüm \

Definition of spume 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: frothy matter on liquids : foam, scum ocean spume

spume

verb
spumed; spuming

Definition of spume (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from spume

Noun

spumous \ ˈspyü-​məs \ adjective
spumy \ ˈspyü-​mē \ adjective

Synonyms for spume

Synonyms: Noun

foam, froth, head, lather, suds, surf

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Noun

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.

Examples of spume in a Sentence

Noun

spume floating on the ocean

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In the intervening seven decades, the event has developed from a small sports-car show and race into a weeklong car-and-lifestyle bacchanal that blankets the Monterey Peninsula in plumes of blue smoke and champagne spume. Brett Berk, Car and Driver, "Our Entirely Subjective Guide to the Most Important Good-Weather Automotive Events of the Year," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spume

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spume

Noun

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

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spume

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spume

: bubbles that form on ocean waves

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