Frog spit
Frog Frog (fr[o^]g), n. [AS. froggu, frocga a frog (in sensel); akin to D. vorsch, OHG. frosk, G. frosch, Icel. froskr, fraukr, Sw. & Dan. fr["o].] 1. (Zo["o]l.) An amphibious animal of the genus {Rana} and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim rapidly, and take long leaps on land. Many of the species utter loud notes in the springtime. [1913 Webster]

Note: The edible frog of Europe ({Rana esculenta}) is extensively used as food; the American bullfrog ({R. Catesbiana}) is remarkable for its great size and loud voice. [1913 Webster]

2. [Perh. akin to E. fork, cf. frush frog of a horse.] (Anat.) The triangular prominence of the hoof, in the middle of the sole of the foot of the horse, and other animals; the fourchette. [1913 Webster]

3. (Railroads) A supporting plate having raised ribs that form continuations of the rails, to guide the wheels where one track branches from another or crosses it. [1913 Webster]

4. [Cf. fraco of wool or silk, L. floccus, E. frock.] An oblong cloak button, covered with netted thread, and fastening into a loop instead of a button hole. [1913 Webster]

5. The loop of the scabbard of a bayonet or sword. [1913 Webster]

{Cross frog} (Railroads), a frog adapted for tracks that cross at right angles.

{Frog cheese}, a popular name for a large puffball.

{Frog eater}, one who eats frogs; -- a term of contempt applied to a Frenchman by the vulgar class of English.

{Frog fly}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Frog} hopper.

{Frog hopper} (Zo["o]l.), a small, leaping, hemipterous insect living on plants. The larv[ae] are inclosed in a frothy liquid called {cuckoo spit} or {frog spit}.

{Frog lily} (Bot.), the yellow water lily ({Nuphar}).

{Frog spit} (Zo["o]l.), the frothy exudation of the {frog hopper}; -- called also {frog spittle}. See {Cuckoo spit}, under {Cuckoo}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • frog-spit — frogˈ spit noun Cuckoo spit • • • Main Entry: ↑frog …   Useful english dictionary

  • frog spit — frog′ spit n. 1) mcr any of various freshwater green algae that form into floating mats studded with air bubbles 2) ent cuckoo spit 1) …   From formal English to slang

  • frog spit — noun or frog spittle 1. : cuckoo spit 1a 2. : an alga (as of the family Chlorophyceae) that forms slimy masses on ponds or other quiet water * * * 1. Also, frog spittle. any of several filamentous freshwater green algae forming floating masses. 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • frog spit — Cuckoo Cuck oo (k[oo^]k [=oo]), n. [OE. coccou, cukkow, F. coucou, prob. of imitative origin; cf. L. cuculus, Gr. ????, Skr. k?ki?a, G. kuckuk, D. koekoek.] (Zo[ o]l.) A bird belonging to {Cuculus}, {Coccyzus}, and several allied genera, of many… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frog spit — 1. Also, frog spittle. any of several filamentous freshwater green algae forming floating masses. 2. cuckoo spit (def. 1). [1815 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • frog spit — noun Date: circa 1825 cuckoo spit 1 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Frog — (fr[o^]g), n. [AS. froggu, frocga a frog (in sensel); akin to D. vorsch, OHG. frosk, G. frosch, Icel. froskr, fraukr, Sw. & Dan. fr[ o].] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An amphibious animal of the genus {Rana} and related genera, of many species. Frogs swim… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frog cheese — Frog Frog (fr[o^]g), n. [AS. froggu, frocga a frog (in sensel); akin to D. vorsch, OHG. frosk, G. frosch, Icel. froskr, fraukr, Sw. & Dan. fr[ o].] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An amphibious animal of the genus {Rana} and related genera, of many species. Frogs… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Frog eater — Frog Frog (fr[o^]g), n. [AS. froggu, frocga a frog (in sensel); akin to D. vorsch, OHG. frosk, G. frosch, Icel. froskr, fraukr, Sw. & Dan. fr[ o].] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) An amphibious animal of the genus {Rana} and related genera, of many species. Frogs… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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