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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]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

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]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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PIPPA SAYS: This is the aptly named cuckoo spit. Inside the patch of white foam is a developing creature called a froghopper.
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.
COULD you tell me what causes Cuckoo Spit on my plants and how to get rid of it?
THE PROBLEM: Have you spotted Cuckoo spit, which looks like foamy white blobs of unpleasant goo clinging to the the stems of plants?
AIT SOUNDS like "cuckoo spit", frothy deposits which harbour the young stage of a pest known as a froghopper.