[ koo-koo-spit, koo k-oo- ]
/ ˈku kuˌspɪt, ˈkʊk u- /
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.
an insect that produces this secretion.
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Origin of cuckoo-spit
1350–1400; Middle English cokkowespitle cuckoopint; so called from the spitlike secretion found on the plant and thought to be left by the bird
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Examples from the Web for cuckoo-spit
They call it cuckoo-spit, from its plentiful appearance about the arrival of that bird.
There is no commoner sight in the early summer than the cuckoo-spit on the grasses and herbage by the wayside.The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4)|J. Arthur Thomson