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  1. saliva; spit.
  2. Entomology. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
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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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  1. the fluid secreted in the mouth; saliva or spit
  2. Also called: cuckoo spit, frog spit the frothy substance secreted on plants by the larvae of certain froghoppers
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Word Origin

Old English spǣtl saliva; see spit 1
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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."

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spittle in Medicine


  1. Spit; saliva.
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