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scum

  

      n  
1    a layer of impure matter that forms on the surface of a liquid, often as the result of boiling or fermentation  
2    the greenish film of algae and similar vegetation surface of a stagnant pond  
3      (Also called)    dross, scruff          the skin of oxides or impurities on the surface of a molten metal  
4    waste matter  
5    a worthless person or group of people  
      vb   , scums, scumming, scummed  
6    tr   to remove scum from  
7    intr  
Rare   to form a layer of or become covered with scum  
     (C13: of Germanic origin; related to Old High German scum, Middle Dutch schum, Old French escume; see skim)  
  scumlike      adj  
  scummer      n  
  scummy      adj  


dross  
      n  
1    the scum formed, usually by oxidation, on the surfaces of molten metals  
2    worthless matter; waste  
     (Old English dros dregs; related to Old High German truosana)  
  drossy      adj  
  drossiness      n  
hive dross  
      n      another name for       propolis  
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scumble, scum, saclike, suchlike

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