- to eject or discharge as or like foam or froth; spew (often followed by forth).
- to foam; froth.
- foam, froth, or scum.
Origin of spume
1300–50; Middle English < Latin spūma foam, froth; akin to foam
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Examples from the Web for spume
There was a feather of spume to mark the plunge and nothing else.Storm Over Warlock
So we all made it ashore, and our boat also, which now we hauled out of the spume.The Lady and the Pirate
Outside, the air was filled with the spume and shriek of bursting shells.The Greater Love</p>
George T. McCarthy
His horse was white with dust and spume, but his spurs were red.The Cattle-Baron's Daughter</p>
A yellow foam, like spume of the sea, dropped from his lips.The Men of the Moss-Hags
S. R. Crockett
- foam or surf, esp on the sea; froth
- (intr) to foam or froth
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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