spume

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English < Anglo-Norman espume, ultimately from Latin spūma.

Noun[edit]

spume (uncountable)

  1. Foam or froth of liquid, particularly that of sea water.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Materials dark and crude, / Of spiritous and fiery spume.
    • 1892, James Yoxall, chapter 5, The Lonely Pyramid:
      The desert storm was riding in its strength; the travellers lay beneath the mastery of the fell simoom. [] Roaring, leaping, pouncing, the tempest raged about the wanderers, drowning and blotting out their forms with sandy spume.
    • 1906, Jack London, White Fang, part I, ch I,
      Their breath froze in the air as it left their mouths, spouting forth in spumes of vapour that settled upon the hair of their bodies and formed into crystals of frost.

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Verb[edit]

spume (third-person singular simple present spumes, present participle spuming, simple past and past participle spumed)

  1. To froth.

Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

spume

  1. plural form of spuma