Foam - dribble - slime

Hi! I'm trying to express in English a "curious fact" about silk, i.e. that silk is actually some kind of "saliva" produced by silkworms, a type of caterpillars.

Needless to say, the focus is on the "yuck" factor of this piece of information (target: children). :D

Which term would be more appropriate to use to describe silk? Foam? Dribble? Slime? I think that perhaps "slime" would fit the context.

Any help is appreciated! Thanks.
 
  • Var18

    Member
    English - America
    I would also say that "slime" fits the context the best, and is the most familiar with children (Nickelodeon used to use slime a whole lot.) It might not be the most accurate description, but it will indeed be "yucky" :p.

    I don't hear "dribble" used that often in AE. We say "drool".

    You could also use "goo" (rhymes with moo) along with "slime".
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    Another possibility is "silkworm spit". :)
    I read this question earlier today and was returning to suggest just that -- silkworm spit. It keeps the discussion suitably accurate (it's not slime), alliterative, familiar and gross (everyone does it and it's never attractive). :)
     
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