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
leech, parasite, sponge, sponger(noun)
a follower who hangs around a host (without benefit to the host) in hope of gain or advantage
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.
A person who relies on other people's efforts and gives little back (originally a sycophant).
Origin: From parasitus, from παράσιτος, from noun use of adjective meaning "feeding beside", from παρά + σῖτος.
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
a plant obtaining nourishment immediately from other plants to which it attaches itself, and whose juices it absorbs; -- sometimes, but erroneously, called epiphyte
a plant living on or within an animal, and supported at its expense, as many species of fungi of the genus Torrubia
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
an animal which steals the food of another, as the parasitic jager
an animal which habitually uses the nest of another, as the cowbird and the European cuckoo
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.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
par′a-sīt, n. one who frequents another's table: a hanger-on: a sycophant: (bot.) a plant growing upon and nourished by the juices of another: (zool.) an animal which lives on another—its host.—adjs. Parasit′ic, -al, like a parasite: fawning: acting as a sycophant: living on other plants or animals.—adv. Parasit′ically.—ns. Parasit′icalness; Parasit′icide, that which destroys parasites; Par′asitism; Parasitol′ogist; Parasitol′ogy. [Fr.,—L. parasītus—Gr. parasitos—para, beside, sitos, corn.]
The numerical value of parasite in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of parasite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The perfect host requires the perfect parasite.
(The drugs) cause a reduction in the parasite so when the mosquito bites the person it doesn't transmit the disease.
In catching those last few cases, that's when diagnostics become important, [Then we can] know if the parasite has been completely eliminated from the population.
We were keen to study the latrine, in case there was evidence for parasite species that shouldn't be in the region, which would indicate the presence of travelers.
A better understanding of how this milder parasite may protect against the more lethal form of the disease could generate new approaches to reducing severe illness and deaths from malaria.
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- paràsitCatalan, Valencian
- parazit, cizopasníkCzech
- Schmarotzer, ParasitGerman
- parasite, profiteurFrench
- פרזיט, טפילHebrew
- parazita, élősködőHungarian
- ձրիակեր, պորտաբույծArmenian
- sníkjudýr, sníkill, afætaIcelandic
- چڵکاوخۆر, هیچوپووچKurdish
- kaitahaumu, parakūkā, pirinoaMāori
- profiteur, parasietDutch
- parasittNorwegian Nynorsk
- parazită, parazitRomanian
- паразит, нахлебник, приживал, тунеядецRussian
- gotovanka, paràzīt, námetnīk, gotovanSerbo-Croatian
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