Spumescent vs Spumescence - What's the difference?

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Spumescent is a derived term of spumescence.

As an adjective spumescent

is (rare) resembling froth or foam; foaming.

As a noun spumescence is

(obsolete) the state or characteristic of being foamy or frothy.




(en adjective)
  • (rare) Resembling froth or foam; foaming.
  • * 1957 , , The Strangers Were There: Selected Stories , Macmillan, p. 79:
  • The snowfall had changed again, the flakes larger now and less insistent; they had a buoyant and spumescent quality.
  • * 1993 , Hjalmar Thesen, The Way Back: A Novel , ISBN 9780864862549, p. 146:
  • His eyes burned black with the intensity of their gaze over the hidden ravine below; over the thin, white waterfall, spumescent , blown into mist.
  • * 2008 , , The Reality Dysfunction , ISBN 9780316021807, online edition:
  • Then she screamed as a jet of spumescent gore slopped across the front of the paralysed fabric.




  • (obsolete) The state or characteristic of being foamy or frothy.
  • Derived terms

    * spumescent (Webster 1913)