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Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day


spumescent (spyoo-MES-uhnt) - adj., frothy, foaming.

Like the white froth on waves -- literally, as while spume can refer to foam in general it's often specifically foam on surf. Coined in the late 1850s from spume (itself borrowed in the late 1300s from Old French espume, from Latin spūma) + -escent, a Latin participial ending for inceptive/inchoative verbs -- that is, for becoming like the stem.

Yes, but the bubbles on champagne are supposed to be effervescent, not spumescent.

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