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[spit-l] /ˈspɪt l/
saliva; spit.
Entomology. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
Origin of spittle
1470-80; blend of Middle English spit (noun) (see spit1) and spetil, Old English spǣtl, variant of spātl saliva Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I've heard faintly somewheres of things wrote in spittle, so I pours on a bottle of ink, and rinses the paper in the water-butt.

    A Man in the Open Roger Pocock
  • The spittle referred to is the foam at the edge of the water.

  • Sialagogues are medicines which promote the flow of saliva or spittle, such as salt, calomel, &c.

  • Or again, a man ejects the spittle from his mouth as far as possible.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • In the love charms also the lover always figuratively takes the spittle of the girl in order to fix her affections upon himself.

  • He gathered the spittle in his mouth and spat full in Strickland's face.

    The Moon and Sixpence W. Somerset Maugham
  • Kit spat experimentally, and the spittle crackled in the air.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
  • Mawkish pulp her mouth had mumbled sweetsour of her spittle.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for spittle


the fluid secreted in the mouth; saliva or spit
Also called cuckoo spit, frog spit. the frothy substance secreted on plants by the larvae of certain froghoppers
Word Origin
Old English spǣtl saliva; see spit1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for spittle

late 15c., "saliva, spit," probably an alteration (by influence of spit (v.)) of Old English spætl, spatl, from Proto-Germanic *spætlan, which is related to Old English spætan "to spit."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spittle in Medicine

spittle spit·tle (spĭt'l)
Spit; saliva.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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