pond scum

pond scum
noun Date: 1864 1. any of various algae (especially spirogyra) or cyanobacteria 2. a mass of tangled filaments of algae or cyanobacteria in stagnant waters

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  • pond scum — n [U] 1.) AmE informal someone that you do not like, respect, or trust ▪ He s lower than pond scum. 2.) ↑algae …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pond scum — pond′ scum n. mcr a mass of free floating freshwater algae that forms a green scum on water • Etymology: 1885–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • pond scum — n. a mass of filamentous algae forming a green scum on the surface of ponds, etc …   English World dictionary

  • pond scum — noun free floating freshwater green algae • Hypernyms: ↑green algae, ↑chlorophyte • Member Holonyms: ↑Zygnemataceae, ↑family Zygnemataceae * * * noun 1. : any free floating filamentous alga of the family Zygnemataceae …   Useful english dictionary

  • pond scum — n. a mean and wretched person; a worthless male. (Collegiate. An elaboration of scum, less crude than scumbag. Also a rude term of address.) □ Tell that pond scum to beat it. □ Get your hands off me, you pond scum! …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • pond scum — /ˈpɒnd skʌm/ (say pond skum) noun any free floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water …   Australian English dictionary

  • pond scum — any free floating freshwater alga that forms a green scum on water. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • pond scum — n a contemptible, worthless person or people. Originating in American usage in the 1980s, this more colourful ren dering of the colloquial low life became widespread in all English speaking areas in the 1990s. Compare bottom feeder …   Contemporary slang

  • pond scum — n. person (usually male) of no worth, with a cruel disposition …   English slang

  • pond-scum parasite — noun an aquatic fungus of genus Synchytriaceae that is parasitic on pond scum • Hypernyms: ↑fungus • Member Holonyms: ↑Synchytrium, ↑genus Synchytrium * * * noun Etymology: pond scum : a fungus of the order C …   Useful english dictionary

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