- (zoology) an organism that may be either free-living or parasitic; facultative parasite
- (botany) a parasitic plant, as the mistletoe, which carries on some photosynthesis but obtains
a portion of its food, water, or minerals from a host plant
Derived Formsˌhemiˌparaˈsitic (ˌhɛmɪˌpærəˈsɪtɪk
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