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pond scum


noun

any free-floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water.

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Nearby words

poncho, pond, pond hockey, pond life, pond lily, pond scum, pond snail, pond-apple, pond-skater, ponder, ponderable

Origin of pond scum

First recorded in 1885–90
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British Dictionary definitions for pond scum

pond scum


noun

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