spittlebug
noun Date: 1882 any of a family (Cercopidae) of leaping homopterous insects whose nymphal larvae produce a frothy secretion — called also froghopper

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • spittlebug — ☆ spittlebug [spit′ lbug΄ ] n. any of a family (Cercopidae) of small, leaping homopteran insects whose nymphs produce white frothy masses on plants …   English World dictionary

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

  • spittlebug — /spit l bug /, n. the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass. [1880 85, Amer.; SPITTLE + BUG1] * * * or froghopper Any of some 2,000 species of hopping insects (family Cercopidae, order Homoptera) with whitish nymphs… …   Universalium

  • spittlebug — noun Any of various small insects of the family Cercopidae that feed on plant sap and whose larvae produce cuckoo spit. Syn: froghopper, spitbug …   Wiktionary

  • spittlebug — noun another term for froghopper …   English new terms dictionary

  • spittlebug — spit•tle•bug [[t]ˈspɪt lˌbʌg[/t]] n. ent the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass • Etymology: 1880–85, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • meadow spittlebug — noun Date: 1942 a widely distributed spittlebug (Philaenus spumarius) that does severe damage especially to grasses …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • meadow spittlebug — noun North American insect that severely damages grasses • Syn: ↑Philaenus spumarius • Hypernyms: ↑spittle insect, ↑spittlebug • Member Holonyms: ↑Philaenus, ↑genus Philaenus * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • pine spittlebug — noun North American insect that attacks pines • Hypernyms: ↑spittle insect, ↑spittlebug • Member Holonyms: ↑Aphrophora, ↑genus Aphrophora * * * noun : a cercopid bug of the genus Aphrophora that attacks pines in m …   Useful english dictionary

  • Saratoga spittlebug — noun feeds on pines in northern United States • Syn: ↑Aphrophora saratogensis • Hypernyms: ↑spittle insect, ↑spittlebug • Member Holonyms: ↑Aphrophora, ↑genus Aphrophora * * * …   Useful english dictionary

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