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spittlebug

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noun spit·tle·bug \-ˌbəg\

Definition of spittlebug

  1. :  any of a family (Cercopidae) of leaping homopterous insects whose nymphal larvae produce a frothy secretion —called also froghopper



1882

First Known Use of spittlebug

1882


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