cuckoo spit
noun Date: 1592 1. a frothy secretion exuded on plants by the nymphs of spittle insects 2. spittlebug

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  • Cuckoo 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

  • cuckoo spit — or cuckoo spittle n. 1. a frothy substance produced on plants by the nymphs of spittlebugs to envelop their larvae 2. such an insect * * * …   Universalium

  • cuckoo spit — or cuckoo spittle n. 1. a frothy substance produced on plants by the nymphs of spittlebugs to envelop their larvae 2. such an insect …   English World dictionary

  • cuckoo spit — noun 1. also cuckoo spittle a. : a frothy secretion exuded upon plants by the nymphs of spittle insects called also frog spit, snake spit, toad spit b. : an insect secreting this : spittle insect 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • cuckoo-spit — /kooh kooh spit , kook ooh /, n. 1. Also called frog spit. a frothy secretion found on plants, exuded by the young of certain insects, as the froghoppers, and serving as a protective covering. 2. an insect that produces this secretion. [1350… …   Universalium

  • cuckoo-spit — cuck′oo spit n. 1) ent Also called frog spit a frothy secretion found on plants, exuded by the young of certain insects, as the froghoppers. 2) ent such an insect • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME cokkowespitle …   From formal English to slang

  • cuckoo-spit — /kooh kooh spit , kook ooh /, n. 1. Also called frog spit. a frothy secretion found on plants, exuded by the young of certain insects, as the froghoppers, and serving as a protective covering. 2. an insect that produces this secretion. [1350… …   Useful english dictionary

  • cuckoo-spit — /ˈkʊku spɪt/ (say kookooh spit) noun 1. a frothy secretion found on plants, exuded as a protective covering by the young of certain insects, as the froghoppers. 2. an insect secreting this …   Australian English dictionary

  • cuckoo spit — noun A frothy mass of white liquid that is secreted onto plants by froghopper larvae and serving as a protective covering …   Wiktionary

  • cuckoo spit — Mawdesley Glossary froth on grass stems which contains an inseot …   English dialects glossary

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