Definition of saliva noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səˈlaɪvə//
; NAmE NAmE//səˈlaɪvə//
[uncountable] Mouth and teeth
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the liquid that is produced in your mouth that helps you to swallow food See related entries: Mouth and teeth Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin.Extra examples He wiped a dribble of saliva from his chin. I wiped the saliva off my mouth. The smell of food causes the saliva to flow.
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