pond scum


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pond scum

n.
A usually greenish film on the surface of stagnant water, consisting of a mass of freshwater algae.
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pond scum

n
(Biology) a greenish layer floating on the surface of stagnant waters, consisting of various freshwater algae
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pond′ scum`


n.
a mass of free-floating freshwater algae that forms a green scum on water.
[1885–90]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pond scum - free-floating freshwater green algae
chlorophyte, green algae - algae that are clear green in color; often growing on wet ricks or damp wood or the surface of stagnant water
family Zygnemataceae, Zygnemataceae - pond scums: common freshwater algae forming green slimy masses
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