cuckoo spit

cuckoo-spit

[koo-koo-spit, kook-oo-]
noun
1.
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.
2.
an insect that produces this secretion.

Origin:
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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cuckoo spit
 
n
Also called: frog spit a white frothy mass on the stems and leaves of many plants, produced by froghopper larvae (cuckoo spit insects) which feed on the plant juices

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