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scum

(skŭm),
A film of insoluble material that rises to the surface of a liquid, as in epistasis.
[M.E.]

scum

(skŭm) [ME. scume]
Slimy floating islands of bacteria or impurities on the surface of a culture; an interrupted pellicle of bacterial growth.
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On Wednesday, organisers Scum Tek said: "This party is going ahead, stay peaceful.
London, June 20 ( ANI ): North Korea has threatened to kill 'human scum' defectors after they published a report that leader Kim Jong-un distributed copies of Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf to officials on his birthday.
He said: "I walked up to a fella who was shouting on his loud hailer 'Nazi scum' [at me] and said to him 'No, you are scum'.
The experimental units were full-scale two-compartment septic tanks in which sludge depth and scum thickness were measured within the inlet (Clark, 1999).
By creating the SCUM Manifesto, which aims to cleanse society of men as its primary contaminant, and by then defending its authorial integrity, Solanas paradoxically constructs a "pure" hypothetical position even as she progressively becomes more of a deteriorated and contaminated bodily figure.
It combines with the suds to form that gross, grimy layer of soap scum on your shower walls.
Gray scum layers in the shower area result when soap combines with calcium and magnesium salts and body oil to form a sticky soap curd.
Both were targeted for the marketing of tobacco products by a major tobacco company under a project called "Subculture Urban Marketing" or--you guessed it--"Project SCUM." Presumably this acronym reflects the company's attitude toward the target groups in question, whose money is of course as green as anyone else's.
Catholic mothers found it harrowing to escort their daughters to school through a cordon of policemen, while Protestants called them "Fenian scum." On September 21, three weeks later, with daily mayhem still continuing, police finally arrested six young troublemakers.
As the culture begins to change, you will notice a thin scum of a white substance will form on the very top of the clear layer.
A father yesterday branded the killers of his nine-year-old daughter as scum.