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spit·tle

 (spĭt′l)
n.
1. Spit; saliva.
2. The frothy liquid secreted by the nymphs of froghoppers.

[Middle English spitel, alteration (influenced by spit) of spatel, from Old English spātl.]

spittle

(ˈspɪtəl)
n
1. (Zoology) the fluid secreted in the mouth; saliva or spit
2. (Zoology) Also called: cuckoo spit or frog spit the frothy substance secreted on plants by the larvae of certain froghoppers
[Old English spǣtl saliva; see spit1]

spit•tle

(ˈspɪt l)

n.
1. saliva; spit.
2. the frothy secretion exuded by spittlebugs.
[1470–80; b. Middle English spit (n.) (see spit1) and spetil, Old English spǣtl, variant of spātl saliva]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spittle - a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouthspittle - a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches
secretion - a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell
slobber, dribble, drivel, drool - saliva spilling from the mouth
tobacco juice - saliva colored brown by tobacco (snuff or chewing tobacco)
salivary gland - any of three pairs of glands in the mouth and digestive system that secrete saliva for digestion
ptyalin - an amylase secreted in saliva
Translations

spittle

[ˈspɪtl] Nsaliva f, baba f

spittle

[ˈspɪtəl] n
(= saliva) → salive f
[animal] → bave f

spittle

nSpeichel m, → Spucke f

spittle

[ˈspɪtl] n (ejected) → sputo; (dribbled) → saliva; (of animal) → bava

spit2

(spit) noun
a type of sharp-pointed metal bar on which meat is roasted.

spit·tle

n. saliva; expectoración; salivazo, escupitazo.
References in classic literature ?
In a little dirty room with the painted panels of its walls filthy with spittle, and conversation audible through the thin partition from the next room, in a stifling atmosphere saturated with impurities, on a bedstead moved away from the wall, there lay covered with a quilt, a body.
Sancho kept spitting from time to time, and his spittle seemed somewhat ropy and dry, observing which the compassionate squire of the Grove said, "It seems to me that with all this talk of ours our tongues are sticking to the roofs of our mouths; but I have a pretty good loosener hanging from the saddle-bow of my horse," and getting up he came back the next minute with a large bota of wine and a pasty half a yard across; and this is no exaggeration, for it was made of a house rabbit so big that Sancho, as he handled it, took it to be made of a goat, not to say a kid, and looking at it he said, "And do you carry this with you, senor?
Oh, how gladly I could throw those fifty thousand roubles in his face, and spit in it, and then rub the spittle in
He gathered the spittle in his mouth and spat full in Strickland's face.
It was distorted with passion, and in her tumultuous speech the spittle dribbled over her lips.
They gathered up scraps of food which had touched his lips, an empty whiskey bottle, a cocoanut from which he had drunk, and even his spittle, and performed all kinds of deviltries over them.
He spat, with definite intention, heard the spittle crackle in the frost, and judged it must be below and far below sixty below.
that miserable wall of mud and spittle, worthy of the king who built it, worthy of the poet who sung it,--
Nomads boss Andy Morrison has signed Jonny Spittle on a full-time deal after the centre-back turned down a contract offer to stay at league rivals Aberystwyth Town.
The six-part series written by and starring Alison Spittle, right, might best be described as having the Marmite factor - you'll either love it or hate it.
An own goal from Danny Shaw put Aber back on level terms before, in a scramble following a 90th-minute free kick, Spittle nodded home against his former club to clinch a 3-2 victory.
Meanwhile, previous leaders Llandudno lost 3-2 to Aberystwyth Town thanks to a late Jonny Spittle strike.