spumy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj spumy emitting or filled with bubbles as from carbonation or fermentation "bubbling champagne","foamy (or frothy) beer"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Spumy Consisting of, containing, or covered with, froth, scum, or foam; frothy; foamy. "The spumous and florid state of the blood.""The spumy waves proclaim the watery war."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • spumy Foamy; covered with foam.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Spumy consisting of froth: frothy: foamy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. spumosus, fr. spuma, foam: cf. F. spumeux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. spumaspuĕre to spew.

Usage

In literature:

This irritated Purdy, who was spumy with the self-importance of one who has stood in the thick of the fray.
"Australia Felix" by Henry Handel Richardson
A spumy trail of nocturnal loiterers clung to their wake.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
The ridges had become walls, with great frothing crests and sides that were smeared with spumy lines.
"For Jacinta" by Harold Bindloss
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In poetry:

Green as a pool table, where cabbage butterflies
Peel off to sea as gulls do,
And we picnic in the death-stench of a hawthorn.
The waves pulse like hearts.
Beached under the spumy blooms, we lie
Sea-sick and fever-dry.
"Whitsun" by Sylvia Plath