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PARASITE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does parasite mean? 

PARASITE (noun)
  The noun PARASITE has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: PARASITE used as a noun is rare.


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PARASITE (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("parasite" is a kind of...):

being; organism (a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently)

Domain category:

flora; plant; plant life (a living organism lacking the power of locomotion)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "parasite"):

endoparasite; endozoan; entoparasite; entozoan; entozoon (any of various parasites that live in the internal organs of animals (especially intestinal worms))

ectoparasite; ectozoan; ectozoon; epizoan; epizoon (any external parasitic organism (as fleas))

parasitic plant (plant living on another plant and obtaining organic nutriment from it)

Antonym:

host (an animal or plant that nourishes and supports a parasite; it does not benefit and is often harmed by the association)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

leech; parasite; sponger; sponge

Hypernyms ("parasite" is a kind of...):

follower (a person who accepts the leadership of another)


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