Froth insect
Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease or nervous excitement. [1913 Webster]

2. Any empty, senseless show of wit or eloquence; rhetoric without thought. --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

It was a long speech, but all froth. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]

3. Light, unsubstantial matter. --Tusser. [1913 Webster]

{Froth insect} (Zo["o]l.), the cuckoo spit or frog hopper; -- called also {froth spit}, {froth worm}, and {froth fly}.

{Froth spit}. See {Cuckoo spit}, under Cuckoo. [1913 Webster]


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  • Froth — Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by disease …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • froth fly — Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Froth spit — Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • froth spit — Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • froth worm — Froth Froth, n. [OE. frothe, Icel. fro[eth]a; akin to Dan. fraade, Sw. fradga, AS. [=a]freo[eth]an to froth.] [1913 Webster] 1. The bubbles caused in fluids or liquors by fermentation or agitation; spume; foam; esp., a spume of saliva caused by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • froth hopper — noun see froth insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • froth worm — noun see froth insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • spittle insect — noun small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete • Syn: ↑spittlebug • Hypernyms: ↑homopterous insect, ↑homopteran • Hyponyms: ↑froghopper, ↑meadow spittlebug, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Hop froth fly — Hop Hop, n. [OE. hoppe; akin to D. hop, hoppe, OHG. hopfo, G. hopfen; cf. LL. hupa, W. hopez, Armor. houpez, and Icel. humall, SW. & Dan. humle.] 1. (Bot.) A climbing plant ({Humulus Lupulus}), having a long, twining, annual stalk. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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