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A plant, such as mistletoe, that obtains some nourishment from its host but also photosynthesizes. Also called semiparasite.
hem′i·par′a·sit′ic (-sĭt′ĭk) adj.
1. (Botany) a parasitic plant, such as mistletoe, that carries out photosynthesis but also obtains food from its host
2. (Biology) an organism that can live independently or parasitically