From Middle English steem, stem, from Old English stēam ("steam, hot exhalation, hot breath; that which emits vapour; blood"), from Proto-Germanic *staumaz ("steam, vapour, breath"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰew- ("to whirl, waft, stink, shake; steam, haze, smoke"). Cognate with Scots stem, steam, West Frisian steam ("steam, vapour"), Dutch stoom ("steam, vapour"), Low German stom ("steam"), Swedish dialectal stimma, Latin fūmus ("smoke, steam").
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