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(ˈspɪt lˌbʌg)

the nymph of the froghopper, which surrounds itself with a frothy mass.
[1880–85, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spittlebug - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secretespittlebug - small leaping herbivorous insect that lives in a mass of protective froth which it and its larvae secrete
homopteran, homopterous insect - insects having membranous forewings and hind wings
Cercopidae, family Cercopidae - froghoppers or spittlebugs
froghopper - a variety of spittlebug
meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius - North American insect that severely damages grasses
pine spittlebug - North American insect that attacks pines
Aphrophora saratogensis, Saratoga spittlebug - feeds on pines in northern United States
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