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spume

Syllabification: spume
Pronunciation: /spyo͞om
 
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literary

Definition of spume in English:

noun

Froth or foam, especially that found on waves.
Example sentences
  • Today, the waves are no more than white flecks of spume, gently nudging their way to shore.
  • The late winter sun was shining brightly and big waves hurled themselves against the rocks, sending sheets of white spume up along the cliffs.
  • Beyond them a tail of white spume rose into the air as the river cascaded over jutting black rocks.
Synonyms
foam, froth, surf, spindrift, bubbles

verb

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Form or produce a mass of froth or foam: water was spuming under the mill
More example sentences
  • It was a cold, clear night and the sea was beginning to fret, spuming over the harbour walls.
  • Lightening crashed, thunder rolled, ash and molten lava spumed from the mountains.

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French (e)spume or Latin spuma.

Derivatives

spumous

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • The mood is perfect for damp blustery walks along the spumous edge of the thundering waters, and strolls through the Oakwood Cemetery.
  • The fierce rollers of the spumous sea broke and recoiled, foaming upon the sandy beach.

spumy

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • Photographs of a spumy coastline are separated by a horizontal strip of images taken of the artist's crisp shadow on the sunny beach.

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