Spittle

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spittle

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

(Science: zoology) See Cuckoo spit, under Cuckoo.

Origin: From Spit to eject from the mouth: cf. Spattle, and AS. Spatl. 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.