expectoration

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n expectoration the act of spitting (forcefully expelling saliva)
    • n expectoration the process of coughing up and spitting out
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Expectoration That which is expectorated, as phlegm or mucus.
    • Expectoration The act of ejecting phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs, by coughing, hawking, and spitting.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n expectoration The act of discharging phlegm or mucus from the throat or lungs, by coughing or hawking and spitting; euphemistically, a spitting.
    • n expectoration The matter expectorated.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Expectoration act of expectorating: that which is expectorated: spittle
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. expectoration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. expectorāre, -ātumex, out of, from, pectus, pectoris, the breast.

Usage

In literature:

A variation of this play was indicated if in addition to removing his cap he expectorated emphatically.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
One habit of the men is disgusting; they expectorate freely over everything but the ocean.
"Le Petit Nord" by Anne Elizabeth Caldwell (MacClanahan) Grenfell and Katie Spalding
The expectoration is characterized by its abundance and manner of expulsion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Later the cough turns loose and the same expectoration occurs as in the severe type.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
He expectorated bloody tough mucus without any tinge of black matter.
"An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis" by Archibald Makellar
Even if there were no such disease as tuberculosis a campaign to stamp out promiscuous expectoration would be well worth all it cost.
"Preventable Diseases" by Woods Hutchinson
The true expectorator is within, laved in his own home-made suds.
"My Studio Neighbors" by William Hamilton Gibson
Expectorating large quantities of frothy blood.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
I had to give that up too; there was not a spot in all Germany suitable for the purpose of expectoration!
"The Land of Thor" by J. Ross Browne
They were tobacco-chewing giants, famous for expectoration.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
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In poetry:

And somehow then it seemed to me
These men expectorating,
Were infinitely less than he,
The dumb thing they were baiting.
"The Smoking Frog" by Robert W Service
And from that imperfect dental exhibition,
Stained with express juices of the weed nicotian,
Came these hollow accents, blent with softer murmurs
Of expectoration:
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

It's a meat flavor enhancer and an expectorant, too—and has even turned up on a list of cigarette additives .
"I can't see that happening," says Ross Coomber, a sociologist at Plymouth University who has studied expectoration.
Expectoration ends in Osceola donnybrook.
Helixia™ Cough is used as an expectorant to help relieve coughing and loosen mucus and phlegm.
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