petrusplancius (petrusplancius) wrote in unusual_words,
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Scumfish

I stumbled across this word in a poem by Kipling, the Road-Song of the Bandar-Log (monkey-folk - 'Brother thy tail hangs down behind!'), which contains this line:
'Then join our leaping lines that scumfish through the pines'. Although the poem is familiar enough to me, I had not really noticed the word before. Since I cannot find it in the OED or any other dictionaries that I own, I present it simply as an unidentified species. Can anyone tell us anything more?
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