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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 of cuckoo-spit
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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