Definition of froghopper in English:

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froghopper

Pronunciation: /ˈfrôɡˌhäpər/ /fräɡ-/

noun

A jumping, plant-sucking bug, the larva of which produces a frothy mass on plants. Also called spittlebug.
Example sentences
  • Philaenus spumarius, commonly known as a froghopper or spittle bug, is a mere 0.2 inches long, but employs a novel catapult mechanism to launch itself upwards of 28 inches into the air.
  • Spittlebugs, or froghoppers, are easily identified by the frothy, white foam that protects them from predators.
  • Keep an eye out for cuckoo spit, a globule of froth that conceals the tiny froghopper, easily squashed between thumb and finger.
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