spittlebug

noun spit·tle·bug \ ˈspi-tᵊl-ˌbəg \

Definition of spittlebug

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

First Known Use of spittlebug

1882


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