Spittle bug

spittlebug

[spit-l-buhg]
noun
the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism; spittle + bug1

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spittlebug

noun
small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete [syn: spittle insect
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