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cuckoo-spit

[koo-koo-spit, koo k-oo-] /ˈku kuˌspɪt, ˈkʊk u-/
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
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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British Dictionary definitions for cuckoo spit

cuckoo spit

noun
1.
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 Also called frog spit
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