One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Froth or foam, especially that found on waves.‘the spume of the white-capped waves’
foam, froth, surf, spindrift, sprayView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Form or produce a mass of froth or foam.‘water was spuming under the mill’
froth, froth up, cream, bubble, fizz, effervesce, spume, lather, ferment, rise, boil, seethe, simmerView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French ( e)spume or Latin spuma.
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