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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 ?
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.
that miserable wall of mud and spittle, worthy of the king who built it, worthy of the poet who sung it,--
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.
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.
The Rev Chris Spittle, of St Paul's Church in Skelmersdale, is spearheading a toilet twinning revolution which has helped to fund 50 toilets in developing countries, including Burundi, Afghanistan, India and Nepal.
County had arrived flying high at the top of the Welsh League, but the Wingmakers won at a canter, despite a depleted defence in which Glenn Rule and Johnny Spittle filled the void.
Earlier this year the Birmingham Mail's Born and Read campaign met Emma Spittle, 21, who first took up volunteering to boost her job prospects and has since secured a place on a PGCE in primary education.
Rob Spittle, managing director - operations for Guest added: "Guest is a thriving family business that operates in both the commercial vehicle and consumer motors sectors.