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 species. [1913 Webster]

Note: The European cuckoo ({Cuculus canorus}) builds no nest of its own, but lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, to be hatched by them. The American yellow-billed cuckoo ({Coccyzus Americanus}) and the black-billed cuckoo ({Coccyzus erythrophthalmus}) build their own nests. [1913 Webster]

{Cuckoo clock}, a clock so constructed that at the time for striking it gives forth sounds resembling the cry of the cuckoo.

{Cuckoo dove} (Zo["o]l.), a long-tailed pigeon of the genus {Macropygia}. Many species inhabit the East Indies.

{Cuckoo fish} (Zo["o]l.), the European red gurnard ({Trigla cuculus}). The name probably alludes to the sound that it utters.

{Cuckoo falcon} (Zo["o]l.), any falcon of the genus {Baza}. The genus inhabits Africa and the East Indies.

{Cuckoo maid} (Zo["o]l.), the wryneck; -- called also {cuckoo mate}.

{Cuckoo ray} (Zo["o]l.), a British ray ({Raia miraletus}).

{Cuckoo spit}, or {Cuckoo spittle}. (a) A frothy secretion found upon plants, exuded by the larvae of certain insects, for concealment; -- called also {toad spittle} and {frog spit}. (b) (Zo["o]l.) A small hemipterous insect, the larva of which, living on grass and the leaves of plants, exudes this secretion. The insects belong to {Aphrophora}, {Helochara}, and allied genera.

{Ground cuckoo}, the chaparral cock. [1913 Webster]


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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • frog spit — or frog spittle n. 1. CUCKOO SPIT 2. mats of filamentous algae floating on the surface of ponds and containing bubbles of oxygen …   English World dictionary

  • 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 — 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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