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spume

noun \ ˈspyüm \

Definition of spume

: frothy matter on liquids : foam, scum
  • ocean spume

spumous

play \ˈspyü-məs\ adjective

spumy

play \ˈspyü-mē\ adjective

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Examples of spume in a Sentence

  1. 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

spume Synonyms

Synonyms

foam, froth, head, lather, suds, surf;

Related Words

mousse;

mist, spindrift, spray;

scum;


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spume

verb

Definition of spume

spumed; spuming
: froth, foam

First Known Use of spume

14th century

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Definition of spume for English Language Learners

  • : bubbles that form on ocean waves



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