Definition of Spittle

1. Noun. 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.

Exact synonyms: Saliva, Spit
Generic synonyms: Secretion
Specialized synonyms: Dribble, Drivel, Drool, Slobber, Tobacco Juice
Group relationships: Salivary Gland
Terms within: Ptyalin
Derivative terms: Salivary, Salivate, Spit



Definition of Spittle

1. n. See Spital.

2. v. t. To dig or stir with a small spade.

3. n. A small sort of spade.

4. n. The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit.

Definition of Spittle

1. Noun. Spit, usually frothy and of a milky coloration. ¹

2. Noun. Something frothy and white that resembles spit. ¹

3. Noun. Spit-up or drool of an infant. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Spittle

1. saliva [n -S] - See also: saliva

Medical Definition of Spittle

1. The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit. Spittle insect. See Cuckoo spit, under Cuckoo. Origin: From Spit to eject from the mouth: cf. Spattle, and AS. Spatl. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Spittle

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Literary usage of Spittle

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1. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1901)
"This is a rather large family comprising mostly rather small insects, many of which are known as "frog-hoppers" or "spittle insects. ..."

2. The Insect Book: A Popular Account of the Bees, Wasps, Ants, Grasshoppers by Leland Ossian Howard (1901)
"This is a rather large family comprising mostly rather small insects, many of which are known as "frog-hoppers" or "spittle insects. ..."

3. Old and New London: A Narrative of Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Walter Thornbury, Edward Walford (1881)
"THE Priory of St. Mary of the spittle was founded by Walter Brune and Rosia his ... In the year 1559 Queen Elizabeth came in state to St . Mary spittle, ..."

4. Babel and Bible: Two Lectures on the Significance of Assyriological Research by Friedrich Delitzsch (1903)
"According to Babylonian notions the spittle of human beings possesses in a marked ... spittle and spells are closely related conceptions, and spittle has ..."

5. An Introduction to Entomology by John Henry Comstock (1920)
"Fig. 118.—Wax-plates of the honeybee (After Cheshire). Froth-glands of spittle-insects.—In the spittle-insects ..."

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