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Meaning of PARASITE

Pronunciation:  'parusIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an animal or plant that lives in or on a host (another animal or plant); the parasite obtains nourishment from the host without benefiting or killing the host
  2. [n]  a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

PARASITE is a 8 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: leech, sponge, sponger
 Antonyms: host
 See Also: being, ectoparasite, ectozoa, ectozoon, endoparasite, endozoa, endozoan, entoparasite, entozoa, entozoan, entozoon, epizoa, epizoon, follower, organism, parasitic plant



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"a*site\, n. [F., fr. L. parasitus, Gr. ?, lit.,
eating beside, or at the table of, another; ? beside + ? to
feed, from ? wheat, grain, food.]
1. One who frequents the tables of the rich, or who lives at
   another's expense, and earns his welcome by flattery; a
   hanger-on; a toady; a sycophant.

         Thou, with trembling fear, Or like a fawning
         parasite, obey'st.                    --Milton.

         Parasites were called such smell-feasts as would
         seek to be free guests at rich men's tables.

2. (Bot.)
   (a) A plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other
       plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices
       it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called
   (b) A plant living on or within an animal, and supported
       at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus

3. (Zo["o]l.)
   (a) An animal which lives during the whole or part of its
       existence on or in the body of some other animal,
       feeding upon its food, blood, or tissues, as lice,
       tapeworms, etc.
   (b) An animal which steals the food of another, as the
       parasitic jager.
   (c) An animal which habitually uses the nest of another,
       as the cowbird and the European cuckoo.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: An organism that lives on or within another organism at the expense of the host.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a parasite in your dream, suggests loss of vitality and feeling physically drained. You are becoming too dependent on others. It is also an indication that you are taking without giving back.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A type of symbiosis where two (or more) organisms from different species live in close proximity to one another, in which one member depends on another for its nutrients, protection, and/or other life functions. The dependent member (the parasite) benefits from the relationship while the other one (the host) is harmed by it.
Thesaurus Terms
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