Part of speech: noun


Part of speech: noun

An organism that lives on or in some other; a hanger - on; sycophant.

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Usage examples "parasite":

  1. If you are, leave this luxuriant parasite alone and let some one else struggle with it. - "If You're Going to Live in the Country", Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley.
  2. The history of the egg parasite after the laying of the egg seems to be comparatively simple. - "Butterflies Worth Knowing", Clarence M. Weed.
  3. Nay, so far will the fancy lead, that I have seemed to see, in the stained glass between the tracery of the windows, such gorgeous sheets of colour as sometimes flash on the eye, when, far aloft, between high stems and boughs, you catch sight of some great tree ablaze with flowers, either its own or those of a parasite; yellow or crimson, white or purple; and over them again the cloudless blue. - "Literary and General Lectures and Essays", Charles Kingsley.