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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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  • The spume of an hectic cough hangs around his mouth, and blood flows out his nostrils.

    Edith and John Franklin S. Farquhar
  • A yellow foam, like spume of the sea, dropped from his lips.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • Quivering, throbbing with the tremendous effort, she dashed on, the water climbing her sides and lashing to spume at her stern.

    Stories of Inventors Russell Doubleday
  • They passed from her mind like the spume puffed from the wave's crest.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • It was not at its height at this time, but it ran like a mill race with a vicious swirl and spume, and was ugly to look at.

    The Boy With the U. S. Survey Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • The black horse was gray with dust and lather when he reined him in, spattering the spume flakes upon me.

    Lorimer of the Northwest Harold Bindloss
  • Chattering young things about me, with nothing but foam and spume in their heads, on their tongues, would drive me mad.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • Brochet muttered as if in prayer while the leaden-backed surges lipped across the gunwales and the spume slashed across the bow.

  • Far behind her, a monstrous spouting of gas and spume rose up hundreds of feet.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • No spray ever drifts in at these heights, no froth or spume can ever in the wildest storms beat upon this verandah.

    Titanic Filson Young
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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