Word of the DaySunday, April 27, 2014
\spyoo-MES-uhnt\ , adjective;
foamy; foamlike; frothy.
Within the mud and rock enclave, a waterfall, clear and spumescent, cascades forcefully down one side.
-- Susan Mann, One Tongue Singing, 2004
The usually gentle waterfall, clearly visible in the moonlight and icily shimmering, had been transformed into a phenomenal spumescent cascade that was magnificent yet uncanny in its magnitude.
-- Barbara Taylor Bradford, A Woman of Substance, 1979
Spumescent entered English in the mid-1800s. It came from the Latin word spūma which meant "foam" along with suffix -escent which is added to adjectives borrowed from Latin.
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