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pond scum

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noun
  1. any free-floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water.
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Origin of pond scum

First recorded in 1885–90
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pond scum

noun
  1. a greenish layer floating on the surface of stagnant waters, consisting of various freshwater algae
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