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Definition: (fem) foam, froth, scum, lather

Je n'aime pas voir l'écume sur la plage - I don't like seeing (sea) foam on the beach

Quand tu fais bouillir les haricots secs, il faut enlever l'écume - When you boil dried beans, you have to remove the scum (that gathers on top of the water)

l'écume de la société (derogatory) - the scum/dregs of society

Related: écumant (adj) - foamy, foaming, frothy; écumer - to foam, froth; to skim, take the scum off; écumeux (adj) - foamy, frothy

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