spittle insect
noun Date: 1891 spittlebug

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Spittle insect — Spittle Spit tle, n. [From {Spit} to eject from the mouth: cf. {Spattle}, and AS. sp[=a]tl.] The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit. [1913 Webster] {Spittle insect}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Cuckoo spit} (b), under… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • spittle insect — /ˈspɪtl ˌɪnsɛkt/ (say spitl .insekt) noun → froghopper …   Australian English dictionary

  • Spittle — Spit tle, n. [From {Spit} to eject from the mouth: cf. {Spattle}, and AS. sp[=a]tl.] The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit. [1913 Webster] {Spittle insect}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Cuckoo spit} (b), under {Cuckoo} …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • homopterous insect — noun insects having membranous forewings and hind wings • Syn: ↑homopteran • Hypernyms: ↑insect • Hyponyms: ↑whitefly, ↑coccid insect, ↑plant louse, ↑louse …   Useful english dictionary

  • froth insect — noun also froth hopper or froth worm : spittle insect …   Useful english dictionary

  • cuckoo spittle — noun see cuckoo spit 1 * * * cuckoo spit or cuckoo spittle, 1. a frothy secretion exuded by certain homopterous insects as a protective covering for their larvae, found on the leaves, axils, and other parts of plants; toad spit or spittle; frog… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cuckoo spittle — 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

  • toad spittle — 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 spittle — 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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