Definition of spume in English:

spume

noun

literary
  • [mass noun] Froth or foam, especially that found on waves:

    ‘the spume of the white-capped waves’
    • ‘Beyond them a tail of white spume rose into the air as the river cascaded over jutting black rocks.’
    • ‘Today, the waves are no more than white flecks of spume, gently nudging their way to shore.’
    • ‘They waded into the shallow waves and their dresses billowed in the spume.’
    • ‘When the towering pinnacles of Ben Mor and the Karakora Ranges loomed up across the spume, all aboard felt relief.’
    • ‘The late winter sun was shining brightly and big waves hurled themselves against the rocks, sending sheets of white spume up along the cliffs.’
    foam, froth, surf, spindrift, spray
    fizz, effervescence, bubbles, head, mousse
    lather, suds
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verb

[NO OBJECT]literary
  • Form or produce a mass of froth or foam:

    ‘water was spuming under the mill’
    • ‘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.

Pronunciation:

spume

/spjuːm/