Definition of spittlebug in US English:



  • another term for froghopper
    • ‘The expectorating nymph is better known as a spittlebug.’
    • ‘It is used routinely in Brazil to control spittlebugs on alfalfa or sugarcane, and one variety is now being applied widely in Africa against locusts and grasshoppers.’
    • ‘The tiny spittlebug, or froghopper, leaped into the scientific spotlight in a July 2003 issue of the journal Nature.’
    • ‘Philaenus spumarius, more commonly known as the spittlebug, is an abundant insect in the summer in the UK.’
    • ‘The froghopper is also known as the spittlebug.’