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, in the meaning defined above

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