transitive verb-·mat·ed, -·mat·ing
- to take the scum off; skim
- to throw off as froth
Origin of despumatefrom Classical Latin despumatus, past participle of despumare, to skim off from de-, off, from + spumare, to foam from spuma, foam
(third-person singular simple present despumates, present participle despumating, simple past and past participle despumated)
Latin despumatus, past participle of despumare to despume; de- + spumare to foam, froth, spuma froth, scum.