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Meaning of PARASITIC

Pronunciation:  `paru'sitik

WordNet Dictionary
[adj]  of plants or persons; having the nature or habits of a parasite or leech; living off another; "a wealthy class parasitic upon the labor of the masses"; "parasitic vines that strangle the trees"; "bloodsucking blackmailer"; "his indolent leechlike existence"

PARASITIC is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bloodsucking, dependent, leechlike, parasitical



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par`a*sit"ic\, Parasitical \Par`a*sit"ic*al\, a. [L.
parasiticus, Gr. ?: cf. F. parasitique.]
1. Of the nature of a parasite; fawning for food or favors;
   sycophantic. ``Parasitic preachers.'' --Milton.

2. (Bot. & Zo["o]l.) Of or pertaining to parasites; living
   on, or deriving nourishment from, some other living animal
   or plant. See {Parasite}, 2 & 3.

{Parasitic gull}, {Parasitic jager}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Jager}.
   -- {Par`a*sit"ic*al*ly}, adv. -- {Par`a*sit"ic*al*ness},

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: Having to do with or being a parasite. A parasite is an animal or a plant that lives on or in an organism of another species and gets at least some of its nutrients from it.
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