Definitions for parasiteˈpær əˌsaɪt

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  1. parasite(noun)

    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

  2. leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(noun)

    a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage

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  1. parasite(Noun)

    A (generally undesirable) living organism that exists by stealing the resources produced/collected by another living organism.

    Lice, fleas, ticks and mites are widely spread parasites.

  2. parasite(Noun)

    A person who relies on other people's efforts and gives little back (originally a sycophant).

  3. Origin: From parasitus, from παράσιτος, from noun use of adjective meaning "feeding beside", from παρά + σῖτος.

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  1. Parasite(noun)

    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

  2. Parasite(noun)

    a plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte

  3. Parasite(noun)

    a plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia

  4. Parasite(noun)

    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

  5. Parasite(noun)

    an animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager

  6. Parasite(noun)

    an animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo

  7. Origin: [F., fr. L. parasitus, Gr. para`sitos, lit., eating beside, or at the table of, another; para` beside + sitei^n to feed, from sitos wheat, grain, food.]

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  1. Parasite

    The Parasite is the name of several fictional characters that appear in Superman comic book stories published by DC Comics. A supervillain, Parasite has the ability to temporarily absorb the energy, knowledge and super-powers of another being by touch, making him a formidable foe for the Man of Steel. In 2009, The Parasite was ranked as IGN's 61st Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.

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  1. aspirate, pastiera

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