From Middle Dutch speecsel which substituted an older term spekel (suffix substitution). The form spekel is cognate to German Speichel. From Proto-Germanic *spīwaną, a strong verb which also is used in Dutch spuwen, English spew and German speien.
- Hyphenation: speek‧sel
speeksel n (uncountable)
- speekselklier (saliva-secreting gland)