cuckoo-spit

[ koo-koo-spit, koo k-oo- ]
/ ˈku kuˌspɪt, ˈkʊk u- /
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noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. cuckoo clock,
  2. cuckoo shrike,
  3. cuckoo spit,
  4. cuckoo wasp,
  5. cuckoo-shrike,
  6. cuckooflower,
  7. cuckoopint,
  8. cuculiform,
  9. cucullate,
  10. cucullated

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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