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sa·li·va

(să-lī'vă),
A clear, tasteless, odorless, slightly acidic (pH 6.8) viscid fluid, consisting of the secretion from the parotid, sublingual, and submandibular salivary glands and the mucous glands of the oral cavity; its function is to keep the mucous membrane of the mouth moist, to lubricate food during mastication, and, in a measure, to convert starch into maltose, the latter action being effected by a diastatic enzyme, ptyalin.
Synonym(s): spittle
[L. akin to G. sialon]

spittle

Etymology: AS, spittan, spew
saliva.

sa·li·va

(să-lī'vă)
A clear, tasteless, odorless, slightly acid (pH 6.8) viscid fluid, consisting of the secretions from the parotid, sublingual, and submandibular salivary glands and the mucous glands of the oral cavity; its function is to keep the mucous membrane of the mouth moist, to lubricate food during mastication, and to convert starch into maltose.
Synonym(s): spittle.
[L. akin to G. sialon]
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THE PROBLEM: Have you spotted Cuckoo spit, which looks like foamy white blobs of unpleasant goo clinging to the the stems of plants?
A ADRIENNE SAYS: This is what's commonly called cuckoo spit.
There is also the insect larva of the frog hopper (Philaenus spumarius) found in April and commonly known as cuckoo spit because of the frothy mass which surrounds and protects the bug.