scum [skum]
[ME < MDu schum, akin to Ger schaum, foam, scum, prob. < IE base * (s)keu-, to cover > SKY]
1. a thin layer of impurities which forms on the top of liquids or bodies of water, often as the result of boiling or fermentation
2. the dross or refuse on top of molten metals
3. worthless parts or things; refuse
4. Informal a low, despicable person, or such people collectively; lowlife
scummed, scumming
to remove scum from; skim
to form scum; become covered with scum

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