spit·​tle | \ ˈspi-tᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio) \

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Examples of spittle in a Sentence

Spittle sprayed from his lips as he shouted at them. unaware that spittle was leaking out of his mouth while he slept
Recent Examples on the Web In the 12th century, reports from China suggested ambergris was dried dragon spittle. Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Sep. 2021 Conspiracies and spittle drive politics today nationwide, sadly. Los Angeles Times, 8 Aug. 2021 Just spittle and cigar ash all over the newspaper office. Halle Kiefer, Vulture, 5 June 2021 Sprague said the cough, which sprayed spittle on her face, left her worried about her health and her family’s at a time when coronavirus tests were difficult to obtain. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2021 The mesh is meant to let the wearer continue to breathe and see, while containing any spittle. Jason Hanna, CNN, 5 Sep. 2020 Xylella is carried by infectious, meadow spittle bugs that feed on the trees’ xylem—tissue that supports the plant and conducts water. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, 24 June 2015 In an age of CRISPR and face transplants, one of the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic was a German doctor who, in 1897, measured how far bacteria-laden spittle could travel from the mouths of volunteers. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, 18 Jan. 2021 Referees had their whistles retrofitted with bags to catch drops of spittle. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 25 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of spittle

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spittle

Middle English spetil, from Old English spǣtl; akin to Old English spittan to spit

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The first known use of spittle was before the 12th century

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“Spittle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spittle. Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spittle

: the liquid produced in your mouth : saliva or spit


spit·​tle | \ ˈspi-tᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio) \

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spit·​tle | \ ˈspit-ᵊl How to pronounce spittle (audio) \

Medical Definition of spittle

: saliva

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