Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To throw off impurities in spume; to work off in foam or scum; to foam.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To throw off impurities in spume; to work off in foam or scum; to foam.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To throw off impurities; froth; form froth or scum; clarify.
  • To throw off in froth.

Etymologies

Latin despumatus, past participle of despumare to despume; de- + spumare to foam, froth, spuma froth, scum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sequan at the dilucul and crepuscul; we deambulate by the compites and quadrives of the urb; we despumate the Latial verbocination; and, like verisimilary amorabons, we captat the benevolence of the omnijugal, omniform and omnigenal feminine sex.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • The scholar answered, We transfretate the Sequan at the dilucul and crepuscul; we deambulate by the compites and quadrives of the urb; we despumate the Latial verbocination; and, like verisimilary amorabons, we captat the benevolence of the omnijugal, omniform and omnigenal feminine sex.

    Gargantua and Pantagruel, Illustrated, Book 2

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