Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Spit; saliva.
  • n. The frothy liquid secreted by spittlebugs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Spit, usually frothy and of a milky coloration.
  • n. Something frothy and white that resembles spit.
  • n. Spit-up or drool of an infant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See spital.
  • transitive v. To dig or stir with a small spade.
  • n. A small sort of spade.
  • n. The thick, moist matter which is secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; spit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The mucous substance secreted by the salivary glands; saliva; saliva ejected from the mouth.
  • n. See spital.
  • n. A kind of small spade.
  • n. A spadelike implement with a short handle, used in putting cakes into an oven.
  • To dig or stir with a small spade.
  • n. The secretion surrounding the larva of a spittle-insect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a clear liquid secreted into the mouth by the salivary glands and mucous glands of the mouth; moistens the mouth and starts the digestion of starches

Etymologies

Middle English spitel, alteration (influenced by spit1) of spatel, from Old English spātl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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