[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for spittle

/ (ˈspɪtəl) /


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 for spittle

Old English spǣtl saliva; see spit 1
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Medical definitions for spittle

[ spĭtl ]


Spit; saliva.
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