from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Matter coughed up and usually ejected from the mouth, including saliva, foreign material, and substances such as mucus or phlegm, from the respiratory tract.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Matter coughed up and expectorated from the mouth, composed of saliva and discharges from the respiratory passages such as mucus, phlegm or pus.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That which is expectorated; a salival discharge; spittle; saliva.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Spittle; a salival discharge from the mouth.
- n. In pathology, that which is expectorated or ejected from the lungs: used also in the plural, in designation of the individual masses.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. expectorated matter; saliva mixed with discharges from the respiratory passages; in ancient and medieval physiology it was believed to cause sluggishness
Latin spūtum, from neuter past participle of spuere, to spit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Latin sputum ("that which is spit out, spittle"), from spuere ("to spit"). (Wiktionary)