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par·a·site

 (păr′ə-sīt′)
n.
1. Biology An organism that lives and feeds on or in an organism of a different species and causes harm to its host.
2.
a. One who habitually takes advantage of the generosity of others without making any useful return.
b. One who lives off and flatters the rich; a sycophant.
3. A professional dinner guest, especially in ancient Greece.

[Latin parasītus, a person who lives by amusing the rich, from Greek parasītos, person who eats at someone else's table, parasite : para-, beside; see para-1 + sītos, grain, food.]

parasite

(ˈpærəˌsaɪt)
n
1. (Biology) an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it
2. a person who habitually lives at the expense of others; sponger
3. (formerly) a sycophant
[C16: via Latin from Greek parasitos one who lives at another's expense, from para-1 + sitos grain]
parasitic, ˌparaˈsitical adj
ˌparaˈsitically adv

par•a•site

(ˈpær əˌsaɪt)

n.
1. an organism that lives on or within a plant or animal of another species, from which it obtains nutrients (opposed to host).
2. a person who receives support or advantage from another without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.
3. (esp. in ancient Greece) a person receiving free meals in return for amusing conversation or flattery.
[1530–40; < Latin parasītus < Greek parásītos one who eats at another's table =para- para-1 + sîtos grain, food]

par·a·site

(păr′ə-sīt′)
An organism that lives in or on a different kind of organism (called the host) from which it gets some or all of its nourishment. Parasites are generally harmful to their hosts, and in some cases they may even destroy the other organism, although more often the damage they do is minor. Lice and tapeworms are parasites of humans.

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An organism living on or in, and feeding on, another organism.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.parasite - an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant)parasite - an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); it obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
plant life, flora, plant - (botany) a living organism lacking the power of locomotion
endoparasite, endozoan, entoparasite, entozoan, entozoon - any of various parasites that live in the internal organs of animals (especially intestinal worms)
ectoparasite, ectozoan, ectozoon, epizoan, epizoon - any external parasitic organism (as fleas)
parasitic plant - plant living on another plant and obtaining organic nutriment from it
host - an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association
2.parasite - a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
follower - a person who accepts the leadership of another

parasite

noun sponger (informal), sponge (informal), drone (Brit.), leech, hanger-on, scrounger (informal), bloodsucker (informal), cadger parasites living off the state

parasite

noun
One who depends on another for support without reciprocating:
Slang: freeloader.
Translations
طُفَيْلِي
parazitcizopasník
parasit
nametnikparazit
parazitaélősködő
afætasníkillsníkjudýrsníkjudÿr
parazitasparazitinis
parazīts
parazitparazită
parazit
parasit

parasite

[ˈpærəsaɪt] N (lit, fig) → parásito/a m/f (on de)

parasite

[ˈpærəsaɪt] n
(= animal, plant) → parasite m
(fig)parasite m

parasite

n (lit)Parasit m, → Schmarotzer m; (fig)Schmarotzer(in) m(f)

parasite

[ˈpærəˌsaɪt] nparassita m

parasite

(ˈpӕrəsait) noun
an animal or plant that lives on another animal or plant without giving anything in return. Fleas are parasites; He is a parasite on society.
ˌparaˈsitic adjective

par·a·site

n. parásito, organismo que vive a expensas de otro.

parasite

n parásito
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