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[spyoom] /spyum/
verb (used with object), spumed, spuming.
to eject or discharge as or like foam or froth; spew (often followed by forth).
verb (used without object), spumed, spuming.
to foam; froth.
foam, froth, or scum.
Origin of spume
1300-50; Middle English < Latin spūma foam, froth; akin to foam
Related forms
spumous, spumy, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for spume
Historical Examples
  • There was a feather of spume to mark the plunge and nothing else.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • So we all made it ashore, and our boat also, which now we hauled out of the spume.

    The Lady and the Pirate Emerson Hough
  • Outside, the air was filled with the spume and shriek of bursting shells.

    The Greater Love

    George T. McCarthy
  • His horse was white with dust and spume, but his spurs were red.

    The Cattle-Baron's Daughter

    Harold Bindloss
  • A yellow foam, like spume of the sea, dropped from his lips.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Now and then she dipped and the spume flew high, drenching Polly.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • The Latin term for litharge is spuma argenti, spume of silver.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • Elliot and Holt left Kusiak in a spume of whirling, blinding snow.

    The Yukon Trail

    William MacLeod Raine
  • They passed from her mind like the spume puffed from the wave's crest.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • The animals responded nobly to our urging, though their nostrils were blood-red, and their quivering haunches flaked with spume.

    For The Admiral W.J. Marx
British Dictionary definitions for spume


foam or surf, esp on the sea; froth
(intransitive) to foam or froth
Derived Forms
spumous, spumy, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French espume, from Latin spūma; related to spuere to spew
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Word Origin and History for spume

late 14c., from Old French spume, from Latin spuma "foam" (cf. Italian spuma, Spanish espuma); cognate with Old English fam, Old High German veim "foam" (see foam (n.)).

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