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10 October 2001 @ 03:07 am
 
spumescent \spyoo-MEH-sunt\ (adjective)
: frothy, foamy

Example sentence:
"Beat egg whites until foamy," the directions said, and
Frank beat them until they were splendidly spumescent.

Did you know?
"Spume," from Latin "spuma," is a word for froth or foam
that has been a part of the English lexicon for more than 600
years. An early example is found in the following quotation
from 14th-century English poet John Gower: "She set a caldron on
the fire . . . and let it boil in such a plight, till that she
saw the spume [was] white." "Spumescent" joined the older
adjectives "spumous" and "spumy," which also mean "foamy" or
"frothy," in the mid-1800s, but it has remained rare.
Etymologists aren't positive whether it was adopted directly from
the Latin adjective "spumescens," or whether it's simply an
instance, like "alkalescent," of adding the suffix "-escent" to a
noun to create an adjective.
 
 
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Michael Jacksontroy_story on October 10th, 2001 12:13 pm (UTC)

If my memory serves, I'm sure that Spume or Spumescent was a standard Honors English vocab word back in high school. I remember having to look it up and use it in a sentence. Me and my friend Isaac liked the word, but for some reason it wasn't as naughty then as it now sounds. "The tumescent tool foamed forth a spumescent soup." Nutritious!
Daniel Savio: Enterprise NX-01sacredlunatic on October 10th, 2001 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely going to start adding this into my vocabulary.