Definitions for parasiteˈpær əˌsaɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

par•a•siteˈpær əˌsaɪt(n.)

  1. an organism that lives on or within a plant or animal of another species, from which it obtains nutrients

    Category: Microbiology

    Ref: (opposed to host 1 ).

  2. a person who receives support or advantage from another without giving any useful or proper return, as one who lives on the hospitality of others.

  3. (esp. in ancient Greece) a person receiving free meals in return for amusing conversation or flattery.

    Category: Ancient History

Origin of parasite:

1530–40; < L parasītus < Gk parásītos one who eats at another's table =para-para -1+sîtos grain, food

Princeton's WordNet

  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


  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.

Webster Dictionary

  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


  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.

Translations for parasite

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an animal or plant that lives on another animal or plant without giving anything in return

Fleas are parasites; He is a parasite on society.

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